A MAN was shot in Dewsbury on Wednesday night in what police believe may have been a targeted attack.
A 24-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries after three other incidents nearby that officers have linked to the shooting.
Police were called to an address on Park Parade, Westtown, shortly before 10.30pm after reports that a man had been shot.
It is believed that a shotgun was used.
The shooting took place on Cemetery Road, a few minutes before emergency services were called.
Officials are linking it to another incident which occurred at the same location about half an hour before, where a member of the public was threatened.
There were then two subsequent incidents of attempted robbery and robbery which took place within three miles and half an hour of the shooting.
Police are working on the theory the first incident may have been one of mistaken identity, with the third and fourth incidents attempts to steal vehicles to get away from the area.
Four male suspects aged in their late teens/early 20s are being sought, with three of them described as Asian, Afghan and Afro-Caribbean.
Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have seen a dark-coloured VW Golf with front-end damage either at the time of the incident or parked up in the local area since.
Police are also searching for a ‘D’ registration grey Peugeot 3008 stolen by the suspects in one of the subsequent incidents.
Detective Chief Inspector Sue Jenkinson, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We would like to reassure the community that we are doing everything we can to trace those involved.
“We believe this to have been a targeted attack and appeal to anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident and who may have any information to come forward.
“We’d also ask the public not to approach anyone they suspect as being involved, as the suspects were in possession of a shotgun.
“If anyone in the area has any concerns, they can contact their neighbourhood officers, who will also be conducting increased high visibility patrols in the area to offer further reassurance to residents.”
Routes around Cemetery Road remained cordoned off yesterday (Thursday), and St Paulinus Catholic Primary School on Temple Road was closed for the day.
There was major disruption on Huddersfield Road and on surrounding routes on Thursday morning while officers conducted enquiries.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting 1696 of February 1.