Eleven men are currently in custody in connection with an incident where a firearm was discharged in Gloucester yesterday.
The incident happened shortly after 5am yesterday morning in the Chase Lane Industrial Estate area where two men also suffered what appeared to be stab and slash wounds. Both victims left hospital after receiving treatment for non-life threatening injuries.
A total of 11 men were arrested yesterday and today in connection with this incident and at this time no-one is believed to have sustained gunshot wounds.
This incident is being linked with an ongoing violent drug dispute in the county which has seen three stabbings in Gloucester and Cheltenham. A number of people have been arrested in connection with these crimes and officers are working around the clock to arrest anyone else involved in this recent incident.
Detective Inspector Rich Pegler said: “We are extremely concerned that a firearm has been involved in this latest incident of violent crime and we want to make it clear that we are doing everything we can to arrest those involved and to bring a stop to this feud before we see one of these incidents become fatal.
“We are in the process of looking through CCTV footage and trying to identify all involved but I would like to urge anyone who was in the Chase Lane Industrial Estate area in the early hours of yesterday morning to contact us as soon as possible.”
Those arrested in connection with the firearms incident are:
– A 19-year-old from Gloucester
– A 21-year-old man from Gloucester
– A 23-year-old man from Cheltenham
– A 25-year-old man from Gloucester
– A 25-year-old man of no fixed abode
– A 35-year-old man from Cheltenham
– An 18-year-old man, a 27-year-old man and a 31-year-old man have also been arrested and (their place of residence to be confirmed).
A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said: “We continue to appeal to our community for information about this latest offence as well as the previous altercations. We know that there are people present who are not directly involved and that a number of close family and friends probably have some information that can assist the investigation.”
“As the level of violence continues to increase we are appealing to those people to pick up the phone or message us with any detail they may know. This can be done anonymously through Crimestoppers or directly to our specially trained detectives.”
Any witnesses or anyone with information should call police on 101 or email email@example.com and quote incident 64 of 12 November.
Alternatively you can give information anonymously by contacting the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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