THE Mayor of Kirklees’ son-in-law was shot as he sat in a car outside a convenience store in Liversedge.
Hamza Hussain, a former Olympic boxing hopeful and the husband of Coun Mumtaz Hussain’s daughter, was shot three times alongside another man, aged 27, on Monday night.
The 22-year-old is in Leeds General Infirmary in a stable condition following surgery on gunshot wounds, while the other victim has been discharged and arrested for an unrelated domestic offence.
The incident happened at 7.10pm outside Sainsbury’s Local in the Fountain Court retail park on Huddersfield Road, when the pair were shot at whilst they sat in a white Toyota Yaris.
It is believed the suspects fled in a dark-coloured vehicle.
Coun Hussain (Lab, Dewsbury West) was on the scene soon afterwards. He told The Press that he was on his way back from Huddersfield with his brother when he saw the main road closed at its junction with Lumb Lane.
He said he wasn’t aware at the time that it was his son-in-law involved in the shooting, and only attended the scene because he was concerned the victims might have been from his ward.
Coun Hussain, inset, said he found out the following morning when his daughter rang him.
This latest attack follows an incident in which two cars outside Dewsbury South Labour Councillor Masood Ahmed’s house in Savile Town were torched last week. But Coun Hussain doesn’t believe the two events are linked.
He said: “My daughter rang me at around 11am to tell me her husband had come out of the operating theatre and surgeons had removed three bullets from him.”
He added: “I just don’t know what to say. He’s a nice lad. Since he’s been married to my daughter I’ve not seen anything wrong with him. He’s always okay. I don’t know what the motive was or why it happened.”
Coun Hussain said Hamza and his daughter have an eight-month-old baby girl.
The Press understands that a shooting incident at a house in Staincliffe earlier this year may have also involved Hamza.
Shots were fired at a house in Staincliffe in February in what police said was a targeted attack. No-one was injured.
Hamza, a former Batley Business and Enterprise and Kirklees College student, won several light-welterweight boxing titles as a youngster, having competed in the Youth ABA National Championships, GB Boxing Championships and European Junior Championships.
Police are appealing for witnesses to Monday night’s shooting to come forward, including anyone who saw the small dark-coloured vehicle driving in the area.
A police cordon remained in place until Tuesday afternoon while officers conducted enquiries.
Det Sup Mark Swift said: “Clearly this incident has caused understandable concern in the community and extensive enquiries are under way to identify those involved.
“The discharge of any firearm in a public place is an extremely serious matter and something police will absolutely not tolerate.
“There will be an increased policing presence and high visibility patrols in the area to offer reassurance to the community.
“I would continue to appeal for anyone with any information or anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area yesterday to contact police.”
Coun Michelle Grainger-Mead, (Con, Liversedge & Gomersal Ward), said: “It’s a real shock that something like this has happened in our ward.
“I would urge anyone who has any further information to contact the police immediately, even if this is anonymously, to aid them in completing their investigation.
“People with firearms are a danger to society and should not be allowed to roam freely amongst us, so please do not put any misplaced loyalty ahead of public safety.”
Tory leader Coun David Hall, (Liversedge and Gomersal), added: “I was absolutely shocked by this. I have no idea about the circumstances but I know that it happened just a quarter of a mile from our house in a shopping area which I use. Undoubtedly, it would have been busy with shoppers.”