Errington road, Arbourthorne, Sheffield

The boy was hit in the leg by a bullet (Picture: Google)

A boy, 12, has been rushed to hospital after a drive-by shooting in Sheffield.

He had been standing with a group of children and adults on Errington Road, in the Arbourthorne area, at 3.45pm today when a gunman opened fire from a passing white car.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and found the boy suffering from an injury in his leg.

He was taken to hospital and now remains in a stable condition, police say.

Detective Inspector Denise Booth said specialist officers are now working to piece together the ‘exact circumstances of this incident’ and ‘identify those responsible’.

Police and emergency personnel outside Aintree University Hospital in Fazakerley, Liverpool as a corden was put in place after a man was reportedly stabbed and had a substance thrown in his face. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 12, 2020. The victim, in his 20s, was taken from the scene in Walton, Liverpool, to the hospital after emergency services were called at about 6.30pm on Sunday. The cordon was set up at the hospital as a precaution as tests were conducted on the substance. See PA story POLICE Walton. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA WireHospital cordoned off after man is stabbed and doused in ‘household substance’

She said the gunman had fired shots out of the car window.

DI Booth continued: ‘The car left the area heading towards East Bank Road.

‘In the early stages of the investigation, as we continue to gather evidence, we are exploring all lines of enquiry as to the motive of the incident.

‘I understand and appreciate the concern this news will cause within the local community particularly given the victim’s age, and to help provide some reassurance to residents, we will have an increased presence in the area tonight and over the coming days.

‘This matter is an absolute priority for us and it’s imperative that anyone with information or concerns speaks to an officer.’

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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