Boy, 12, shot at community centre and rushed to hospital in serious condition

A 12-year-old boy has been rushed to hospital in serious condition after being shot at a community centre.

The young boy was gunned down at Northfield Hall Community Centre in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire last night.

Police had been scrambled to a disturbance at around 7pm when they found the boy with gunshot wounds.

He was rushed to hospital with serious injuries and a police cordon remained in place this morning.

Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Rolfe said: “This level of violence is clearly a cause for concern, especially given the age of the victim and that it happened at a community centre.

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“Extensive enquiries are underway by a team of specialist detectives in the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.

“Our local neighbourhood policing teams will be maintaining a visible policing presence to offer reassurance to communities.

“I would appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who has any information to contact officers.

“Those involved showed no regard for the public’s safety and it is imperative that anyone with information on who carried out this attack contacts police.

“This level of violence is clearly a cause for concern, especially given the age of the victim and that it happened at a community centre.

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“Extensive enquiries are underway by a team of specialist detectives in the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police, confirming the incident, said: “Detectives are appealing for information following a firearms discharge in Huddersfield yesterday evening (10/03).

“At around 7.15pm, officers were called to a report of disturbance at Northfield Hall Community Centre on Norfolk Avenue.

“A short time later, a 12-year-old boy presented at hospital with injuries consistent with a firearms discharge.

“He remains in hospital for treatment for serious, non-life threatening injuries.

“The suspects are believed to have fled the scene in a BMW. This was later found burnt out in the Huddersfield area.

“Enquiries remain ongoing by the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting crime reference 13200126809. Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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