Video: Leeds street shooting ‘was targeted’

SHOTS were fired at a car in a residential street in Leeds during what detectives have described as a “targeted attack”.

Police received reports of a number of gunshots being fired at a car parked near Cross Roundhay Avenue in Harehills at around 10.45pm on Monday.

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A spokesman said: “Armed officers were deployed to secure the 26-year-old male victim, who had been sat in the parked car but was uninjured, and searched the area.”

A silver Vauxhall Vectra, believed to have been used by the suspects, was found burned out in Servia Gardens, Little London, around 2am yesterday. (March 28)

As the day went on, officers stood guard at the scene in Harehills and a fingertip search was carried out .

The Roundhay Mount home of 80-year-old John Kelly overlooks the area cordoned off.

PIC: Jessica Murray

PIC: Jessica Murray

“I thought it was something to do with the traffic,” he said. “The police have been round to ask if I saw anything. I slept through the whole thing.”

Ranjit Matharu, 62, of Roundhay Grove, said: “We heard the gunshots. We were watching TV at the time. The police have been here all day.”

The detective leading the investigation said he was particularly keen to hear from any witnesses to the shooting itself as well as those who saw the silver Vauxhall around that time or later when it was abandoned.

Detective Chief Inspector Jaz Khan, of West Yorkshire Police Protective Services Crime, said: “We believe this has been a targeted attack on the victim and we are carrying out extensive enquiries.

“We will always treat the criminal use of firearms in our communities very seriously and will continue to do everything we can to identify and arrest the people involved.”

He added that specialist officers were due to speak with the victim.

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