Police chiefs claimed the streets of Sheffield were ‘not awash with guns’ earlier this year after a man was shot dead on wasteland in the city.
They attempted to reassure the public after Grant Bodell, aged 23, of Windy House Lane, Manor, was gunned down on nearby Queen Mary Road in June.
Detectives are still working on the case today in a bid to nail the killer.
The shooting was the most recent fatal firearms incident being investigated by South Yorkshire Police before Sunday night’s gun attack.
Speaking at the time of Mr Bodell’s murder, DCI Zaf Ali said: “The availability of guns is not as easy as people think. The streets are not awash with them. There isn’t one on every street corner.”
In 2013 The Star revealed that an average of one person a week is shot in South Yorkshire.
Over a five year period 278 people were shot and hurt - 54 of them ‘seriously’.
Last week police were called to Sedan Street, Pitsmoor, and arrested a 24-year-old man after reports of gunshots being fired.
In August, police were called to reports of a gun being fired in nearby Brunswick Road and Andover Street, Burngreave.
The two neighbouring suburbs were the scene of saw a deadly inner-city gang feud which spiralled out of control for a number of years after 16-year-old Jonathon Matondo was gunned down close to a children’s playground in 2007.
Last year a 45-year-old man from the city’s Manor estate was left paralysed after he was shot on London Road close to the junction with Hill Street.
James Kamara, 22, of Pitsmoor, died in a hail of bullets on Brunswick Street, Broomhall, in July 2009 and that same year takeaway owner Safrajur Jahangir, 23, was shot dead in his car on Scraithwood Dive, Shirecliffe.