Police have revealed the man found with gunshot wounds in Thongsbridge had been kidnapped.
Detectives disclosed the victim was bundled into a car near his home in Bury, Greater Manchester, and taken to woodland where he was shot.
The victim is still recovering in hospital and was said to be “stable”.
It is the first time police have revealed more details about the attack, which happened on Sunday, September 8.
A large section of Hagg Wood, off the main Woodhead Road, was sealed off for several hours after the injured man was found.
Greater Manchester Police have now confirmed they are investigating a report that the Whitefield man had been kidnapped near his home and taken to West Yorkshire where he was shot.
Detectives said they had been told of concerns for the 28-year-old man on that Sunday morning, after he failed to return home.
He was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries where he remains in a stable condition.
Officers from Greater Manchester are working with West Yorkshire Police as part of the ongoing investigation.
Detectives are now investigating the possibility was forced into a car and driven to Holmfirth.
Det Chief Insp Ian Crewe, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “Since this man was shot we have been working behind the scenes to establish the full circumstances of what happened.
“What we do know for sure is that he left his house at about 9.30am on the Sunday morning and was driven away in a black Ford Focus.
“He was later found with a gunshot injury near Holmfirth just over three hours later. We now want to appeal to anyone who can help us build up a detailed picture of what happened between leaving the house and being found with a gunshot wound.
“We are particularly keen to identify anyone or any unfamiliar vehicles seen in the area of Stanway Road, Whitefield, on that Sunday morning.
“A man has been seriously injured and is lucky to be alive. It is therefore imperative that we get to the bottom of what happened”.
Anyone who has information about the circumstances surrounding this incident should contact the incident room on 0161 856 1722 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.