Published On: Thu, Dec 25th, 2014 on 9:45 pm

Christmas Eve shooting: Leeds man treated for gunshot wounds

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Police are appealing for information to trace a dark vehicle which is believed to be connected to an incident in which a man was shot on Christmas Eve.

On 24 December at 3.06pm, police were notified by hospital staff that a 25-year-old man was being treated for serious abdominal injuries which were consistent with gunshot wounds.

An investigation began and an area on Thornville Road close to the junction with Alexandra Road in Burley was identified as a crime scene and sealed off while forensic officers conducted a search of the area.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark McManus, from West Yorkshire Police’s Protective Services (Crime), said: “We know that two vehicles met at this location, near to the BP petrol station.

“Officers have recovered a white coloured Audi vehicle, but we are still keen to trace a dark or black coloured hatch-back car which we believe is connected to those involved in the shooting.

“The incident continues to be treated as a targeted attack and we have a number of positive lines of enquiry that we are continuing to follow up. We appreciate the discharge of a firearm is extremely concerning, particularly for those living in the local community, but I would like to reassure residents that we do not believe there is any wider danger to the public and additional patrols by neighbourhood officers have been put in place.”

The injured man, who is from Leeds, has undergone surgery in hospital and is described as being in a stable condition.

Anyone with information in relation to the shooting or any witnesses who might have been in the Thornville Road area around 2.53pm on Christmas Eve can contact police on 101.

They can quote the log number 827 from the 24 December.

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