VIDEO: Fears over 'gunman in army jacket' on the loose who shot walker in face at Sheffield park

Residents are living in fear of a gunman on the loose who shot a walker in the face at a scenic park last night.

Friday, 27th April 2018, 1:17 pm
Updated Friday, 27th April 2018, 1:21 pm

A 22-year-old man was shot as he walked through Meersbrook Park at about 6.25pm yesterday.

READ MORE: Man shot in face in gun attack in Sheffield parkThe victim's mum described the shooter as a 'man dressed in an army jacket' and claims he held the firearm to the victim's head before pulling the trigger.

Officers rushed to the scene.

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Armed police have been conducting detailed searches of the area but the suspect has still not been caught.

A number of park users expressed their concern today that the attacker is still at large.

Lindsay Moore, a mum who lives close to the park and witnessed armed police responding to the shooting, said: "There were school kids walking up and down the road where armed police were this morning.

"It is very worrying to think they are still out there. It would be good if police issued a description of the person they are after.

Police at the scene.

"I mean are we supposed to be looking out for someone? It would be nice to know."

Other residents expressed their shock over the incident describing the area as usually 'nice and quiet'.

READ MORE: Man shot in face in gun attack in Sheffield parkCharlotte Forsyth, who has lived in Meersbrook for about 20 years, said: "It is known as a really safe park used by families. The area is fairly quiet and a nice place to live. It is worrying."

Two dog walkers, who only wanted to give their first names as Rachel and Peter, of Woodseats, hope the shooting is a one off.

Meersbrook Park.

Rachel, aged 30, said: "It's awful. I hope it is an isolated incident. I think extra police patrols at this stage is going a bit too far but they should keep an eye on it.

"If there are other incidents then they should do more patrols."

Peter, aged 36, added: "This is the first I have heard of it. You look around the park and would never have thought it would happen here."

The victim is in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Officers rushed to the scene.

In a post on Facebook, his mum said her son was walking to the Cross Scythes pub when the gunman approached and asked for cigarettes and cash.

She said the attacker then 'held the gun to his head', her son turned and the bullet went 'through his neck' and is currently 'stuck in his jaw'.

She is now offering a £500 reward for information on the attacker.

Police have not yet given a description of the shooter and no arrests have been made.

READ MORE: Three shot in gun attacks in Sheffield in less than 24 hoursA police spokesperson said: "Detectives are continuing to carry out enquiries today to identify the offender and would like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in and around Meersbrook Park last night."

Contact police on 101 quoting incident number 773 of April 26.

Police at the scene.
Meersbrook Park.