A DISABLED man shot in his Walton Court home on Wednesday morning, may have been targeted because of his links to a London court case.
The victim was handcuffed by police as he was taken, bleeding from the head and arm, into an ambulance while officers began the hunt for his assailant.
The injured man, named locally as Kevin Williams, is believed to have been the victim of a gun attack before.
Police sources revealed that wheelchair-bound Mr Williams is set to be a witness in a court case in London, and believe that could explain why he was targeted.
Neighbours heard gunshots shortly before 10am, prompting armed police and a helicopter to descend on the street – but the gunman had escaped.
One neighbour who lives in Stour Close was woken up by gunshots at about 9.45am.
She said: “I heard the shots, bang, bang, bang six or seven times. It was like something out of a movie. I was scared, really scared. It freaked me out in this quiet little cul de sac.”
The woman, who did not want to be named, saw at least eight police cars, a riot van, ambulances and police helicopter arrive at the scene, and watched as they carried the 33-year-old victim out of his home.
“He had a bandage over his head, he looked like he’d been shot in the head; he had blood all over his arm.
“He was cuffed as well, they had him handcuffed. I don’t know why that was.”
“I was told he had been shot before. He told one of the neighbours that he lived in London before he came here, and he was shot there, that’s why he uses a wheelchair. He was hardly ever in his home here, we hardly ever saw him, the curtains at his windows were left open day and night, so he wasn’t always sleeping there. It was all very bizarre.”
The woman added that she feels scared now, but a large police presence in the cul de sac on Wednesday tried to calm neighbours fears.
“I didn’t see or hear a car come into the cul de sac, no one did. There are so many fields and alleys around here, the gunman could have parked anywhere,” she said.
Another woman said: “The police have reassured us that there is nothing to worry about, but we all feel a bit wary because it’s likely to be gang related seeing as he was shot. But it looks as if it was very personal and he was specifically targeted.”
Police cordoned off a very large area with blue and white incident tape to preserve the crime scene and search for clues, CID officers were in the property as well as officers in white scene of crime overalls.
Det Ch Insp Gill Wootton said: “At this stage it is far too early to speculate around the motives behind this incident.
“However, we do not believe it was a random incident.”