Police patrols have been stepped up after shots were reportedly fired in a Kirklees street.
Residents in Conway Crescent reported hearing gunshots in the neighbourhood at around 1.30am on Saturday morning, just hours after a high-speed car chase in which a gun was brandished out of a car window, causing armed police to be deployed.
The shocking reports came less than a week after two men burst into a house in the street, threatened a mum and hit her 27-year-old son in the face with a taser, which split part of his nostril, after demanding money and gold.
The car chase was at 5.56pm on Friday evening, when police received reports of a red Audi being pursued by occupants of a silver or grey Volvo along Upper Road, Batley.
The pursuit is believed to have travelled along the road and into Halifax Road, towards the car park of Staincliffe Hospital.
During the chase, one of the Volvo’s passengers was seen leaning out of the window with a possible gun, but no shots were fired.
Then at 1.30am on Saturday morning police were called to Conway Crescent to respond to reported of gunshots. Armed police found the building where the shots were believed to have come from to be empty.
Police are treating these incidents as targeted attacks and have put out an appreal for witnesses to help give them further information.
Det Chief Insp Steve Snow, of Protective Services (Crime), said: “Due to the manner in which these two cars were seen driving and the fact they entered a hospital car park, we believe that someone will have witnessed the incident or perhaps made a note of their registration plates, as they nearly caused a collision with other vehicles as they entered Halifax Road from Upper Road.
“We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed cars of these descriptions driving erratically in the area at just before 6pm yesterday, or anyone who saw a silver/grey Volvo V60 being abandoned in suspicious circumstances at any time after 6pm.
“We would also like to hear from anyone who saw a black car leaving Conway Crescent around the time that the shots were heard.
“High visibility patrols will continue in the area and will speak to residents about any concerns they may have.”