"surgeons had removed three bullets from him."
Hamza Hussain, aged 22, was shot three times on November 4, 2019, as he sat in a car outside Sainsbury’s.
Hamza, who was an Olympic boxing prospect, was in the vehicle with another man, aged 27. The other man also suffered gunshot wounds.
His father-in-law Mumtaz Hussain, mayor of Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire, explained that he has not spoken to Hamza since he fell in with the wrong crowd in Dewsbury.
The young man is a former England Under-18 light welterweight boxing champion and had been considered for the 2016 Olympics.
The violence incident follows an arson attack on Kirklees Councillor Masood Ahmed, on October 22, 2019.
Two cars belonging to his family were set on fire. It was suspected that it was linked to his stance on gangs in Dewsbury.
Councillor Ahmed fled his home with his wife, four children and two grandchildren in the early hours of the morning after four masked men petrol bombed an Audi A1 and a Subaru Impreza, which were parked on his drive.
However, Councillor Hussain believes the two attacks are not linked.
The shooting happened at a Sainsbury’s Local, on Huddersfield Road, Liversedge. Police were called at 7:10 pm to reports of a shooting.
Councillor Hussain arrived at the scene unaware that his son-in-law was one of the victims. Both men were shot while sitting in a white Toyota Yaris in the Sainsbury’s car park. He said:
“My daughter rang me from Leeds General Infirmary at 11 am to tell me her husband had come out of the operating theatre and surgeons had removed three bullets from him.
“He hangs around with people who are in trouble all the time. I don’t speak to him and he is not invited to my house.
“I don’t get on with the guy, but he’s my daughter’s husband.’
He has spoken to Hamza’s father, who has requested people to pray for his son. Councillor Hussain went on to reveal that Hamza and his daughter have an eight-month-old girl.
Councillor Hussain added:
“I told him you have got a little girl so you need to stop what you are doing.
“I think that maybe this could be a turning point. He could have been killed.”
In a statement, West Yorkshire Police said:
“Two men aged 27 and 22 received gun-shot wounds and have been taken to hospital for treatment to serious injuries.
“It is believed the suspects made away in a small dark coloured vehicle and enquiries are currently ongoing to trace the occupants.”
The road at its junction with Lumb Lane was closed while officers investigated but it has now reopened. But officers are conducting high visibility patrols in the area to offer support to the community.
Officers have urged those with information to contact 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Anyone with dash-cam footage or CCTV capturing the incident are also advised to get in touch.