THE HUNT for a brutal killer continued today after a man was shot dead in a targeted attack in Thornton Lodge.
The 28-year-old has not been named, but is believed to be from Birkby.
A 26-year-old man was also injured in the shooting on Brook Street at 3.50am yesterday.
He was treated in hospital but his injuries were not life-threatening.
Today police are working on the theory that shots were fired into a black Audi Q7 containing three men – the driver and two victims in the back seat.
Detectives were also keen to learn more about the Audi itself – registration GV07UUW – which was recovered in Manor Street, Newsome, shortly after the shooting.
Officers were called to Brook Street in the early hours of Friday morning after gunshots were heard being fired.
An Audi was seen containing three men.
The 28-year-old back seat passenger was taken to hospital but died of gun shot wounds.
The 26-year-old – thought to be from Thornton Lodge – was also injured in the shooting and taken to hospital.
Yesterday, shocked residents woke up to find their homes surrounded by police tape.
The cordon stretched from Moorbottom Road, Crosland Road, Brook Street and Thorne Road, surrounding the previously burnt-out Thornton Lodge Community Centre.
One householder awoke to find his home sealed with police tape.
The man – who did not want to be named – said: “It is shocking. I heard a bang, bang in the night but just thought it was bins being moved or something.
“I didn’t think anything of it.”
A 28-year-old woman who lives on nearby Crosland Street said she did not hear anything.
She added: “I think it’s disgusting. It’s shocking to find out something like a shooting has happened.
“We have our problems with drugs and various other things, but nothing that bad ever happens around here.
“It sounds like a horrible thing to say, but I hope it was a targeted attack and not just a random thing.
"I hope the community comes out and helps the police.”
The inquiry is in the hands of West Yorkshire’s homicide and major inquiry team. Senior investigating officer Det Supt Steve Payne said: “From our inquiries so far, it is clear that this was a targeted attack.
“However, our investigations are currently ongoing to establish the full circumstances of the incident.
“We are appealing for witnesses to come forward who saw the Audi Q7 in the vicinity of Brook Street or who saw the vehicle being driven around the area yesterday evening.
“Following the incident, we know the Audi was taken to Manor Street in Newsome where it was located by officers. Again, did you see this vehicle?”
He said door-to-door inquiries were ongoing and neighbourhood policing teams were out reassuring local people.
Detectives are also studying CCTV from cameras across various parts of Huddersfield as part of their investigation.
Anyone who witnessed or could hold any information which could help police further is asked to contact the police on 0845 6060606. Or, alternatively, call Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.