Sheffield Shootings Not Linked

2 January 2013, 16:29

Following two shootings in Sheffield over the New Year, Police say they are not linked but they are keeping

Around 4:30am on new Years Day a 45 year old man from The Manor was shot on London Road near Hill Street.

He went to hospital with a gunshot wound to his shoulder, his condition is said be serious.

South Yorkshire Police have carried out extra patrols in the London Road area while a team of detectives are working on the investigation.

In the second shooting police were called to Halfway Gardens around 3am after getting reports of a man with gunshot wound.

They found an 18 year old man on a communal grassed area on the housing estate. He had been shot in his abdomen and was taken to a Sheffield hospital for treatment.

It’s thought the man, from Westfield in Sheffield, was at a house party on Halfway Gardens, earlier that morning and had been shot whilst on the grassed area close to the house.

His condition is described as serious and he remains in hospital for treatment.

Detectives investigating believe this was a targeted attack.

Officers are currently out in the Halfway Gardens area conducting house-to-house enquiries and scenes of crime officers have attended the scene.

Superintendent Martin Hemingway said: "We do not believe that these attacks are linked at this time, but of course we will keep an open mind.  They do, however, share one important thing in common - that there are a number of people out there who know exactly what took place and who is responsible.  We would urge them to contact us as soon as possible."

"These very serious offences take place against the background of another year in which violent crime has reduced in Sheffield and there is no reason for the general public to be alarmed.  However, it is essential that we stand together as a city and ensure that the people responsible for crimes such as these are swiftly brought to justice".

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