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A man was shot by a masked man from a car in Birkby this morning.

One witness described how a blue Citroen drew up to the man on Arnold Street in Birkby and shot him once in the htigh.

A second bullet fired at the man missed in the attack at around 4.50am.

The witness said: “A masked man in a blue Citroen drew up and shot him."

The witness added the victim had lost a lot of blood before he was taken to hospital by ambulance.

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Victim in surgery

Arnold Street has reopened

Armed police in Wheathouse Street

Armed police were in Wheathouse Street as part of the investigation into the shooting tonight.

Follow the updates on that here.

Story so far

This is everything we know about the shooting at the moment.

We will update you as more information is released.

Street still closed

Detectives believe it was a targeted attack

Detective Inspector Andy Farrell, Firearms Prevent Team, said:

We believe that this was a targeted attack and our investigation is underway to establish the circumstances.

I would urge anyone who may have seen a blue vehicle in the area at the time, to come forward to the police to assist with our enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information is asked to contact the Firearms Prevent Team via 101 quoting log number *227 of 8 June.

Driver seen acting suspiciously

A local resident has told how she woke early and saw a dark coloured car on Arnold Street/Arnold Avenue just before the time of the shooting incident.

The woman said the driver appeared to be “acting suspiciously” turning the car’s lights on and off. This was between 3.30am and 4am.

A wing mirror was also knocked off a Nissan parked in the street.

Full statement from police

West Yorkshire Police have released the following statement regarding the shooting:

Detectives are investigating following reports of a firearms discharge in Huddersfield in the early hours of the morning.

Police were called at 4:44am (Friday 8 June) to reports of a man being injured on Arnold Street.

Emergency services attending, including ambulance and found a man with serious injuries to his leg.

The man, aged 32, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment.

An investigation is ongoing to establish the full circumstances and a police cordon is in place to allow forensic examination of the scene.

Investigations ongoing

Our reporter at the scene of the drive-by shooting in Almond Street says police investigations are ongoing.

"The whole street is coming out to help"

Majid Ali, taxi driver who lives two doors away from the shooting victim in Arnold Street
Majid Ali, taxi driver who lives two doors away from the shooting victim in Arnold Street

Majid Ali, 44, taxi driver who lives two doors away, said:

I heard the shots at 4.43am, they were very loud. The whole street woke up!

All my children and my wife, Mrs Akram, woke up.

He was on the floor. Whole street is coming out to help. He is a nice man.

VIDEO: armed response officers in Arnold Street

“The shots were very loud, like it was coming through my window. I heard him screaming."

A female witness said:

A man was shot outside my house. I heard ‘bang, bang.’ I went to the window. He was on the floor. I know his face. There were people around him helping him.

The shots were very loud, like it was coming through my window. I heard him screaming.

I asked if someone had phoned for Police and ambulance. They took about 20 minutes to arrive.

Another woman added:

He has lived on the street a long time. He kept himself to himself.

Armed police on the scene

Armed police have been on the scene this morning.

Man shot from passing car by masked man in Arnold Street in Birkby. Photo: Robert Sutcliffe
Man shot from passing car by masked man in Arnold Street in Birkby. Photo: Robert Sutcliffe

Photo from the scene

Our reporter on the scene, Robert Sutcliffe, sent this photo.

Man shot from passing car by masked man in Arnold Street in Birkby
Man shot from passing car by masked man in Arnold Street in Birkby

"He is a lovely, polite guy"

The friend of the victim continued:

He is a lovely, polite guy who is self-employed. He’s always got a smile on his face.

I can’t think why someone should have done this.

Witness describes shooting

A friend of the victim who lives just doors away said:

A masked man in a blue Citroen drew up and shot him.

There was someone giving him First aid, applying pressure to the wound. I ensured the leg was raised and the bleeding was slowed down.

It took about 45 minutes for the ambulance to arrive. He had lost a lot of blood.