Police chief says Sheffield gun murder was ‘targeted’

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Police investigating the fatal shooting of Grant Bodell in Sheffield believe it was an isolated incident - and a chief says people ‘should not be unduly alarmed’.

A ‘substantial’ police presence is still in place in the area of wasteland near Queen Mary Road, Manor, where the 23-year-old dad was found with gunshot wounds at 2.20am on Saturday.

Increased patrols will also be taking place as the murder investigation continues.

But District Commander for Sheffeld, Chief Superintendent David Hartley, said: “Although we are in the very early stages of this investigation and are very much keeping an open mind as to the circumstances, we do believe that this was a targeted attack and that members of the public should not be unduly alarmed.”

Police are also appealing for witnesses or anybody with information to come forward.

Chf Supt Hartley said: “I would also like to appeal to the community for information. If anyone knows something about this tragic incident, however apparently insignificant that information is, I would urge them to call South Yorkshire Police immediately on 101.

“Let us be the judge of how significant the information you hold is.”

Mr Bodell was taken to the Northern General Hospital after emergency services attended the scene on Saturday. He died a short time later.

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 166 of 21 June 2014.