Sheffield mum’s gunshot terror

(l-r) Sharon, Rochelle and Henleigh Spencer, five, of Wilcox Close, stand next to the window which somebody fired a gun through. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Sharon, Rochelle and Henleigh Spencer, five, of Wilcox Close, stand next to the window which somebody fired a gun through. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A Sheffield mum was left terrified when she was awoken by a gunshot being fired through her living room window.

Rochelle Spencer grabbed her five-year-old daughter and fled when she realised a gunman had crept up to her house and fired a shot on Wednesday morning.

The mum and daughter are now too scared to go home.

The bullet had gone through the front window and damaged a bird cage which stood next to it. Pellets were left scattered all over the floor. The bird escaped its cage unharmed.

Rochelle, aged 26, said: “I woke up at 6.30am when I heard a huge bang.

“At first I thought it was my dogs as sometimes they climb onto the kitchen worktop and knock the pots off.

“I went downstairs but the dogs were fine so I went into the living room and realised the window had been shot through.

“I’m absolutely shaken up and heartbroken. I just feel like someone is out to get me and I don’t know why.”

Rochelle and her daughter, Henleigh, fled their home on Wilcox Close, Parson Cross, and have relocated to another address.

Rochelle’s mum Sharon, aged 46, said she was frustrated because the police did not come out straightaway and instead dealt with the incident later in the day.

She said: “They were treating it as criminal damage but someone had fired a gun. How can it not be important when it’s a shooting at an innocent girl’s home?”

A police spokesman said the operator received a call at 6.35am on Wednesday about a report of criminal damage at the property.

She added: “It is reported that a window was damaged at a property in Wilcox Close. It is believed that this may have been caused by a firearm.

“Nobody was injured during the incident and police are carrying out enquiries in the area.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident number 89 of January 7, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.