Second city shooting in space of 24 hours

Rock St  Scene of a shooting
Rock St Scene of a shooting
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ALARMED residents spoke of their shock today after a man was gunned down in Sheffield - in the second shooting to blight the city in just over 24 hours.

The 34-year-old was undergoing surgery in hospital yesterday for gunshot wounds.

Police were called to flats on Rock Street in Burngreave after shots were fired at around 11.15pm on Thursday.

Just over 24 hours earlier, at 10pm on Wednesday, a 25-year-old man was shot on Alport Road, Frecheville.

Police said at this stage they do not believe the two incidents are linked.

Nobody has yet been arrested for either shooting.

Forensics teams were in Burngreave until just after 4pm yesterday, and access to the flats was restricted by police tape.

Neighbours on nearby Denholme Close said they were shocked.

Tony Lewin was at his girlfriend’s house at the time of the shooting, and came home in the early hours to find the street cordoned off.

“I wouldn’t say things like this have never happened here before, but you still don’t expect to see it,” he said. “There have been police here all day, but none would say what has happened.”

He admitted the area had suffered problems, adding: “You have young people, the next generation, trying to cause trouble. These kids who carry guns are not hard. They are scared.”

Another neighbour, who was in at the time but was not woken by the incident, said: “The first I knew was when I got up at 7.30am and looked out of the window and saw all the police. You wouldn’t expect it because it’s not as bad round here as some areas.

“It’s shocking someone has been shot.”

On Friday it was revealed Sheffield was the safest major city in the country when it comes to violent crimes.

A police spokesman confirmed: “A 34-year-old man sustained gunshot wounds, and is undergoing surgery in hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.”

Police are appealing for witnesses, or anyone with information. Call 101 quoting incident 1,242 of Thursday, April 11, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.