A 12-year-old boy was injured after he was hit in a drive-by shooting.

The child was in a group of youngsters and adults when a car drove past and a gunman opened fire at around 3.45pm on Sunday.

The boy suffered an injury to his leg and he was taken to hospital for treatment, where he remained in a stable condition, police said.

Police were called to the shooting in Errington Road, in the Arbourthorne area of Sheffield.

Specialist officers have been in the area this afternoon and evening, examining the scene and speaking to witnesses as we work to piece together the exact circumstances of this incident, what led to it and to identify those responsible. What we know so far is that the boy was with a group of other people, both children and adults, in the Errington Road area when a white car is said to have driven past, firing shots out of the window. >

Detective Inspector Denise Booth
The boy suffered an injury to his leg and he was taken to hospital for treatment Credit: PA

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.

Detective Inspector Denise Booth