‘Thank you for saving my life,’ says Sheffield gun victim

South Yorkshire Police search team and and Detectives investigate the scene of Tuesdays shooting on Cuthbert Bank Road close to Bamford street tram station ''23 October 2012'Image � Paul David Drabble

South Yorkshire Police search team and and Detectives investigate the scene of Tuesdays shooting on Cuthbert Bank Road close to Bamford street tram station ''23 October 2012'Image � Paul David Drabble

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A TEENAGER shot in the legs in a Sheffield street has thanked the neighbour who rushed to his rescue and used towels as tourniquets to stop the bleeding.

Jordan Porter, aged 19, was shot on Cuthbert Bank Road, Hillsborough - where neighbours said nearby resident Gemma Farrell, 25, rushed to help.

She used scissors to cut Jordan’s trousers before tying towels as tourniquets around his wounded legs to stop the bleeding.

Jordan, who has been discharged from hospital and is today recovering at his flat in Hillsborough, told The Star he has already said thank you to Gemma ‘for saving his life’.

Jordan, who is currently confined to a wheelchair and is being looked after by his girlfriend, said: “I was shot once but in both legs.

“I’ve said thank you to Gemma for what she did.”

Jordan, who was brought home by ambulance after treatment in hospital, revealed he will require surgery to his wounds.

He said: “I can’t walk at the moment and will have to go back into hospital.”

One of Gemma’s neighbours told of her dramatic intervention.

She said: “Gemma got some scissors and cut his trousers open to find the bleeding, then she tied towels around his legs to stop the bleeding.

“She seemed really calm and it was lucky she was there to help.”

An ambulance and police arrived minutes later.

Michael Wiles, owner of the nearby newsagents on Langsett Road, said: “I know Jordan, he comes in the shop sometimes. He causes no trouble. I’m surprised by what has happened.”

People living close to the scene said they initially mistook the sound of the shooting for fireworks on Monday evening.

One woman said: “I heard a bang and thought it was kids messing around with fireworks. Then a friend phoned me to say someone had been shot.”

Another resident added: “There were a lot of people outside trying to help the lad when he was lying down outside.

“It’s frightening - there are some families around here and the children are not wanting to sleep alone and are having to share a bed with their parents.”

Det Chief Inspector Bob Chapman, of South Yorkshire Police, said officers are continuing to investigate the shooting.

Detectives are examining a possible link to another shooting on Adlington Road, Parson Cross, on October 6, when a gun was fired at a house with children inside.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the October 6 shooting, on suspicion of possessing a firearm, and has been bailed until December.

Anyone with information about the attack on Jordan Porter should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.