Detectives have revealed a shooting in Crosland Moor was a targeted attack.

And they have revealed they are looking for at least three men after the terrifying incident in Rudding Street in which two men were hurt.

The victims both sustained shotgun wounds after the shooting on Saturday evening, which was witnessed by terrified youngsters playing in the street.

Now the investigation is being headed by West Yorkshire’s Homicide and Major Enquiry team and they are stepping up inquiries.

In particular they want to trace the occupants of a white Audi A3 seen in the area.

Police made a fresh appeal for witnesses today as the two men continued to recover from their injuries, having undergone surgery in local hospitals..

They were hurt shortly before 8.20pm on Saturday when at least two men wearing balaclava masks, one armed with a shotgun, approached the two male victims.

The victims, aged 26 and 27, started running away down a ginnel off Rudding Street when shots were fired.

The men managed to continue running from the scene and were taken to hospital.

It is believed Saturday’s incident may have followed an earlier incident in nearby Nabcroft Lane on Thursday, when a man was injured in a hit and run incident. Armed police were called out on that occasion as a man was seen in the street with a gun.

Det Chief Insp Jim Dunkerley, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “We are treating this as a targeted attack.

“We know that at least two men were involved and there may have been a third and also believe that these men have used a white Audi A3 in this incident.

“The two victims were treated at hospital for minor injuries and have since been released.

“We received several calls from members of the public and have spoken to a number of people in the vicinity but are still keen to speak to anyone else who was in the area who either witnessed the incident itself or the events leading up to or following these shots being fired.

“We would also like to hear from anyone with information about those involved.

“Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101. Information can also be given anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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