‘I don’t go out after dark to avoid being hit in crossfire: Petrified families speak out after Broomhall shooting

People who live on Broomspring Close, Broomhall, have admitted they’re considering selling their homes as they’re so scared of gang violence following last week’s shooting

By: Jake Loader
Date: 27/10/2021

Terrified families whose road is plagued by gang violence have said they no longer feel safe in their own homes.

The residents, who live on Broomspring Close, Broomhall, admitted they hated going outside after dark following the gun fight between two groups of men last week.

One woman, a 66-year-old former lecturer called Julie, told South West Source she doesn’t leave the house at night to ‘avoid being caught in crossfire’.

The area will have additional police patrols because of the shooting

She said: “I have been living here for 30 years and I had always felt safe.

“But it suddenly feels like more incidents are happening. Other people own the area now, it’s changed the way I feel about the community.”

The shooting, which led to police cordoning off Gell Street Park as well as the alleyway off Broomspring Close, has not had any confirmed injuries despite officers finding gunshot discharge.

Julie, who was woken up by the ‘loud bang’, said the fact it was so close made her feel “vulnerable”.

She added: “I used to go to the cinema and theatre and walk back at night.

“Now, in the evenings I wouldn’t be able to do that. And I’m not a timid person!”

Broomspring Close is just metres from the alleyway where the shooting took place

Others in the area, including one lady who was too scared to be named, said the incident has made her consider putting her home on the market.

She said: “The area used to be so peaceful and quiet. But the violence is getting too close now.

“I’m uneasy and depressed, I don’t want to be here anymore. Why are there so many guns on the street?”

South Yorkshire Police said they have put additional patrols in place to help reassure people in the area.

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