Boy, 12, shot outside community centre before gunmen sped off in BMW
A schoolboy is in a serious condition after being shot at a community centre in Huddersfield.
Police rushed to Northfield Hall community centre at 7.15pm on Tuesday night after receiving reports of a disturbance. When they arrived, a 12-year-old boy approached them with gunshot wounds.
He was rushed to hospital, where he remains with serious but non-life threatening injuries. The suspects are believed to have fled the scene in a BMW, which was later found torched in the Huddersfield area.
One mother told Yorkshire Live: ‘My daughter was in there doing gymnastics at the time. It was very frightening for us parents while the police decided it was safe for them to come out.’
A crime scene was still in place on Wednesday morning as officers continue their enquiries.
Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Rolfe, of West Yorkshire Police, appealed for witnesses to come forward.
She said: ‘This level of violence is clearly a cause for concern, especially given the age of the victim and that it happened at a community centre. Extensive enquiries are underway by a team of specialist detectives in the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.’
‘Those involved showed no regard for the public’s safety and it is imperative that anyone with information on who carried out this attack contacts police,’ she added.