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A man was in hospital after a terrifying drive-by shooting in Huddersfield.

He suffered facial injuries and was detained in hospital after the attack in Gledholt last night.

Armed police flooded the scene after reports a shot was fired from a car towards a second vehicle in Heaton Road at around 11.40pm.

And large areas were cordoned off this morning as police stepped up their inquiries.

The victim was a 24-year-old man, who suffered facial injuries from the shot.

He was found by police in a car in Waverley Street, Marsh, a short distance away and was taken to hospital. No passengers were injured.

Det Supt Simon Atkinson, from West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, is leading the investigation.

He said: “At the present time we are treating this incident as a targeted attack.

“We believe the man was shot as he was travelling in car with two other men on Heaton Road. The suspects are thought to have been in another vehicle when the firearm was discharged.

“The injured man remains in hospital where his injuries are serious but are not considered to be life threatening.”

Officers carried out an extensive search of the area which caused residents to wake to find officers in gardens and alleyways.

The West Yorkshire Police helicopter was also scrambled to assist in a search.

Two men aged 23 and 22 have subsequently been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

A police cordon remains on the scene as enquiries are ongoing.

Det Supt Atkinson added: “While I understand that incidents of this nature are disturbing for those living in the local community, I do not believe there is any wider danger to members of the public and additional neighbourhood officers are in the area to reassure local residents.”

Eyewitnesses told how they heard a car crash in Dingle Road, which is a no-through road off Heaton Road, but police have not confirmed this is linked to the incident.

A woman pensioner who lives in Dudley Road said: “I was watching TV and I heard two bangs. I looked out and a small car had crashed into a bollard.

“My neighbour phoned the phone and lots of them came. The police cordon has been here since I woke up.”

A man in his 30s who lives on Dingle Road, a few doors from where police were guarding a house said: “I heard what sounded like a car crash from behind the house near the fields.

“Police were here really fast. I went back to bed and when I woke up there was a large police cordon. My wife was worried but I asked a police officer and she just said there had been an ‘incident’.”

Anyone with information should call police quoting crime reference number: 13150140183 on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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