Meersbrook Park shooting victim set for surgery on 'smashed' jawbone
A young man who was shot in the neck in a Sheffield park is set to undergo surgery on his 'smashed' jawbone, his mother has said.
The 22-year-old, who was blasted with a pellet gun at point-blank range in Meersbrook Park yesterday evening, lost all his lower left teeth in the attack and is being drip fed, she added.
The gunman, described as white, aged between 23 and 30, and around 5ft 10ins with a slim build, remains on the loose following the shooting.
"He has been in critical care all night. He was shot in the neck but it came out through his jaw, smashing his teeth and jaw bone," said the woman, who has asked to remain anonymous.
"He is now stable enough to have surgery. He will be on a ventilator. He is having a bone graft to stabilise his jaw bone that's smashed.
The victim was walking through the park at around 6.25pm when, according to his mother, a man held a gun at his head and shot him in the neck. She said the gunman had asked for cigarettes and cash before opening fire.
Police have described the shooting as an 'isolated incident'.