Residents got out of their beds in the middle of the night to come to the aid of two men left bleeding in the street after a shooting.
One man, aged 24, suffered injuries to his upper body while another, also aged 24, was wounded to his lower body in the attack.
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People living in Headford Grove, Broomhall, described hearing a series of 'loud bangs' at 1.20am this morning and came rushing out of their homes to help the two stricken men.
A resident gave them refuge in their home until paramedics arrived to administer treatment. They remain in hospital today in a serious but stable condition.
A friend of the two men described them as 'innocent, professional people' who had earlier been out to watch the England v Croatia World Cup match and were involved in an 'unprovoked attack' while walking home.
The 26-year-old pal said: “They are both graduates with good jobs. This wasn't a gang attack or anything like that, they are innocent. I got told about it this morning, I was shocked. I couldn't believe it.
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“When it happened everyone came out to help. Someone took them into their house and rang for paramedics. It is a close-nit community and people stick together here.”
A mum, who did not want to be named but lives close to the scene, added: “My daughter woke me up saying she heard some loud bangs and started shouting 'something has happened!'
“We didn't sleep last night. There are a lot of families in this area, there is a kids play area and a school. It is very worrying.”
Saeed Brasab, a project co-ordinator at the Unity Gym Project which delivers activities for young people, said the perception of Broomhall as a crime-hit area is worse than the reality.
The 36-year-old said: “This is worrying to see because it exposes young people to serious crime.
“But there is an image of Broomhall as being crime-hit and full of gangs but what we have is a few bad individuals, not a group calling themselves a gang.
“We do a lot of work in the community to keep young people on the right track. But we need more help from the authorities.
“They need to recognise the early intervention work we are doing and we need more funding to expand this.”
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Kaltum Rivers, a Green Party councillor for Broomhill and Sharrow Vale, said staff at the nearby Springfield Primary School had been made aware of the incident by police but there was no 'security issue' and it remained open.
She added: “We have been advising parents of alternative routes to and from school because a police cordon is in place.
“There are a lot of families in the area and people are in shock. Things like this do not happen often here.”
Police sealed off part of Headford Grove this afternoon as they carried out enquiries to ascertain the exact circumstances around what happened.
Anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting incident number 63 of 12 July 2018.