Sheffield shooting victim in 'induced coma'

Armed police at Meersbrook Park on Friday morning following the shooting (photo: Andy Kershaw/BBC Radio Sheffield)
Armed police at Meersbrook Park on Friday morning following the shooting (photo: Andy Kershaw/BBC Radio Sheffield)
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A young man who was shot in a Sheffield park has been placed in an induced coma following surgery, his mother has revealed.

The 22-year-old was blasted in the neck with a pellet gun at point-blank rank in Meersbrook Park on Thursday evening, shattering his jaw and teeth.

His mum, who has asked for her and her son to remain anonymous, said he underwent extensive surgery on his jaw on Friday, when a metal plate was fitted.

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"He has been kept asleep since then, and is in an induced coma on life support until further notice," she said today.

"This is to enable the swelling to go down inside his throat and mouth. It will be a long recovery process."

The gunman is described as white, between 23-30 years of age and of slim build with dark, scruffy shoulder length hair.

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He is believed to be around 5ft 10in tall, and is reported to be wearing a black coat, khaki t-shirt and was carrying a rucksack.

The victim's mother has offered a £500 reward for information on the attacker.

The victim was walking through the park at around 6.25pm when, according to his mother, a man held a gun to his head before shooting him through the neck. She said the gunman had asked for cigarettes and cash before opening fire.

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Police have described the shooting as an 'isolated incident'.

Anyone with information is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 773 of April 26.