Three shootings on Tuesday evening, in the space of half an hour, have rocked residents and left the Arbourthorne community in despair.
Extra officers have been deployed to the area today after police responded to reports of shots fired at an address at 6:20pm on Errington Avenue.
Just 18 minutes later, another address on Eastern Avenue was fired at where police discovered gunshot damage to a window of a property. The third shot, which was fired from a vehicle on Errington Way, happened just ten minutes after.
A man – who lives in the area but chose not to be named – said, of the estate: “It’s quiet, but obviously you just have nasty people. At the end of the day, I just want the best for my kids but there’s nothing I can do about it.
“If I did know something and I went and reported it to the police, I probably wouldn’t be able to live here because you’ll get so much trouble, so I just keep my nose out of it.”
Shortly after the incident, a 35-year-old man attended Northern General Hospital with a shotgun injury to his leg.
Police say he remains in hospital receiving treatment, with the injuries not considered to be life-threatening.
The incident comes as little surprise to the community who say that the area has deteriorated in the last few years.
A woman, who also wishes to remain anonymous, said: “It’s a bit scary but it’s happening everywhere – you’ve got to live with it.
“It’s just a common thing nowadays, I’ve been on here for 35 years but in the last few years it’s gone downhill.”
Another man said: ”It might look alright in the day, but in the night it’s an area of crime and drugs. There’s a lot that goes off round here.
“I’ve lived on this estate all my life but you just have to keep your head down. A lot of people are alright, but it’s just a minority that’s causing all the problems.”
The police are treating the incidents as linked, but as of yet no arrests have been made, and South Yorkshire Police are appealing for information regarding the incident.
A spokesperson said: “Shortly after these incidents, police in the Arbourthorne area pursued a blue Honda 4×4 which subsequently failed to stop for officers. This vehicle remains outstanding.
“Were you in the area last night? Did you see or hear anything suspicious? If you have any information which may help officers in their enquiries, please call 101 quoting incident number 808 of 19 November 2019.”