A LANDLORD escaped death when a gunman fired at him, then chased him into his pub.
The man caught up in the terror at The Woolpack in Deighton has now spoken about how he ran and then hid for his life when the gunman struck.
James Hammill, 23, and the landlady, his 50-year-old business partner, Bernadette Denton, have been running the pub on Deighton Road for less than two weeks.
They were closing up at 11.30pm on Thursday and James walked to the door with the last customer.
As they stood in the doorway talking they heard a shot.
They looked up to see a hooded man armed with a revolver running towards them.
James said: "Another shot was fired as we ran back into the pub. There was no time to shut the door.
"I headed down the hallway and the customer hid behind a fire door leading to upstairs.
"The gunman fired a shot into the fire door and then ran off."
The intended murder victim, a 38-year-old Deighton man, stayed in the pub as James phoned the police.
The West Yorkshire force's helicopter was immediately called and hovered overhead as armed police rushed to the scene.
James and Bernadette hid in a cupboard until police arrived and banged on the door.
Officers also searched the area around the pub, but the gunman had vanished into the night.
The pub was sealed off most of yesterday as police scenes of crime experts searched for evidence.
The gunman is African-Caribbean and wore a hooded top.
James and Bernadette used to run a pub at Rothwell, near Leeds.
James said: "I've had to deal with trouble before, but I'd never been shot at.
"We were shaken up on Thursday night, but we're getting over it now."
A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "We received reports of gunshots being fired at the pub.
"Officers were deployed and the scene secured.
"Early inquiries suggested that a firearm had been discharged.
"Inquiries are continuing."
The area around the pub was taped off all Thursday night and most of yesterday, with officers guarding the scene.
The Examiner revealed this month that the number of guns being illegally held in Huddersfield could top 100.
Community insiders suggest they include two Uzi sub-machineguns, an AK47 assault rifle and possibly even grenades.
They are mainly being used by young would-be gangsters to rob one another and settle old scores.