Man shot after ‘altercation’

Police on Oxford Street, Upperthorpe, at dusk after shooting
Police on Oxford Street, Upperthorpe, at dusk after shooting
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A man needed hospital treatment and another was arrested after firearm was discharged during a street ‘altercation’ in a Sheffield suburb.

Police were called to Oxford Street, Upperthorpe, after 1pm yesterday afternoon following reports of a gunshot.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said the injured man was taken to hospital but later released after treatment.

The other man was arrested on suspicion of assault and last night remained in police custody for questioning.

Nearby residents said they believed the firearm was discharged accidentally when it was dropped in a scuffle.

One Oxford Street resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “There are problems around this area with drug dealers hanging about and you sometimes see groups acting suspiciously.

“It is not a very nice thing to happen but at least nobody has been seriously hurt.”

A section of the street near maisonettes was cordoned off and officers made house-to-house enquiries.

Police returned to the scene later in the evening to make a further search for any clues, using torches to look under cars and check verges.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police responded to reports that two men had been involved in an altercation on Oxford Street in Sheffield.

“One man was taken to hospital, but has since been released. The other man was arrested on suspicion of assault. The investigation is ongoing.”

Police have not revealed what injuries the man sustained, what type of firearm was discharged or whether it has been recovered.

Coun Mazher Iqbal, Sheffield Council cabinet member for communities, said: “I would appeal for people in the area to remain calm.

“If there are any eye-witnesses, I would ask them to come forward and help the police investigation.

“Hopefully, the police will have extra patrols in the area to give reassurance.”

■ Witnesses should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.