Detectives make arrest in inquiry into Sheffield shooting

Reader's picture of road closures following Burngreave shooting
Reader's picture of road closures following Burngreave shooting

A MAN was being quizzed by detectives on suspicion of attempted murder after a shooting in a Sheffield suburb.

The 23-year-old spent yesterday being questioned by police over the gun attack on a 22-year-old man on Tuesday night.

Police became aware of the shooting in Burngreave after the victim attended hospital with gunshot wounds to his hand and arm.

His injuries were not life-threatening, but police believe the shooting was an attempt to kill the victim.

Officers raced to the scene and cordoned off a huge area of the city suburb, including Burngreave Road and side streets including Catherine Road, Burngreave Street, Coupe Road and Earldom Road.

Most of the streets remained blocked off and under police guard for the majority of Wednesday, while officers carried out door-to-door enquiries looking for witnesses or anyone with information about what had happened and possible motives.

Forensic experts also combed the area.

Chief Inspector Iain Chorlton said: “Following further enquiries and information from the public, we have arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder.

“He is currently in custody assisting the police with their enquiries.”

Police said the man was shot on Burngreave Road on Tuesday, between 7pm and 7.30pm.

Residents heard gunfire, with one woman, Mia Abdullah, 19, claiming to have heard four shots.

Another woman, Jennifer Booth, 36, said she heard the sound of a woman screaming ‘help me, help me’ before police arrived and sealed off the area.

Burngreave was at the centre of a postcode gang war which escalated out of control in 2007, when 16-year-old Jonathan Matondo was gunned down on the Nottingham Cliff Recreation Ground.

His killer was never caught, but police believe the teenager, a member of the S3 gang, was killed by a rival from the S4 gang.

The following summer fellow S3 member Tarek Chaiboub was shot dead in a ‘wild west’ style shoot-out at a barbers on Spital Street and S3 member Brett Blake was knifed to death at a city nightclub.

Both were killed as a result of infighting between the S3 gang, resulting in rival factions forming.

Four members were jailed for a total of 110 years for the gun attack on Mr Chaiboub and two others were jailed for life for the knife attack on Mr Blake.

Officers investigating the latest shooting want to hear from anyone who was in the Burngreave Road area on Tuesday night who heard or saw anything suspicious.

Call South Yorkshire Police on 101.