Gunshots near Broomhall school as group of men reported fighting in street

South Yorkshire Police has confirmed firearms discharge was found at the scene

By: Jake Loader
Date: 21/10/2021

Gunshots rang out next to a Broomhall school last night as two groups of men had a fight near a children’s playground.

Police searching the area have today blocked off Gell Street Park and the alleyway off Broomspring Close, Broomhall – which faces Springfield Primary School.

Six officers dressed in all black were seen probing the area with wooden sticks and one resident told the South West Source he saw two officers with flashlights searching at around 11:30 pm yesterday.

Officers have stayed at the scene to gather evidence

Officials have since confirmed they have found evidence consistent with gunshot discharge.

No injuries have been reported to police following the incident, and no arrests have been made so far.

The gunfight has left locals worried and one man claimed firearm incidents in Sheffield are a regular occurrence.

Another resident, 20-year-old student Oisin Coffey, told the South West Source that police are called to the area a lot.

The park is just metres from a local school

He said: “The presence of police makes me feel uneasy. I don’t exactly feel safe here.”

It is unclear how long the area will remain cordoned off.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “Police were called at around  9:25pm yesterday (Wednesday 20 October) to reports of shots fired in Gell Street, Sheffield.

“A disturbance was reported between two groups of men in which shots were reportedly fired. Police attended the scene and found evidence consistent with a firearm’s discharge. No injuries have been reported to us.

A police presence remained in the area earlier today

“Later, at around 10 pm, police received reports of a group of men fighting in Broom Walk. Enquiries are ongoing to locate those involved and officers remain at the scene whilst they conduct their investigation.

“Additional patrols are taking place in the area to provide residents with reassurance.

“If you have any information that might help our officers in their enquiries, please call 101 quoting incident number 938 of 20 October.

“Alternatively, you can stay completely anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers via their website or by calling their UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111.”

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