"I heard a bang and as soon as the bang went the car alarms went off."
Gunshots were fired at Councillor Mohammad Maroof’s home in Sheffield on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
Maroof, who is standing for re-election in the Nether Edge and Sharrow Ward area, had shots fired at his home on Edgedale Road at around 3:20 am.
A police cordon remained in place outside his home. They are also outside three of his neighbours’ homes throughout the day.
Jim Steinke, a fellow Labour ward councillor, said he had spoken to Maroof and the police. He has shared what his colleague felt during those moments.
He said: “It’s inevitably worrying but it’s particularly worrying because he is standing for election and has a young family.
“He is obviously shaken up. We will be issuing a further statement later today.”
One neighbour explained that have been a number of incidents near the property over the past few months.
He said a couple of months ago, a group of masked men pulled up and smashed the windows of a vehicle outside the house. They then dragged the owner of the car out and broke his arm.
He also claimed that the windows of Maroof’s home, which he shares with his family, were smashed with rocks and bricks.
The neighbour spoke about the gunshot incident and said:
“Just after 3 am, I heard a bang and as soon as the bang went the car alarms went off.
“I thought somebody had hit a car it was that loud. I didn’t hear any cars pull up so whether they were on foot I don’t know.”
South Yorkshire Police said officers were called to a property in the Nether Edge area in the early hours of the morning after they received reports of shots being fired.
“Police attended the scene and found damage to a window consistent with shotgun discharge.”
“The area was searched but the officers could not be located.
“Inquiries are ongoing and there is an increased police presence in the area as our officers continue their investigation.”
Police added that no one was injured in the incident.
The Sheffield Telegraph reported that the shooting occurred hours after a man was found with a stab wound on nearby Abbeydale Road.
The injured man sought help at a restaurant when he turned up there with a stab wound under his arm at around 11 pm. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
Both the knife attack suspect and gunman remain at large.
Anyone with information is urged to call South Yorkshire police on 101, quoting incident number 111 of April 23. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.