Last night, two men, aged 27 and 22, suffering from gunshot wounds were taken to hospital for treatment for serious injuries.

The 27-year-old man has since been discharged from hospital and has been arrested for an unrelated offence. The 22-year-old man remains in hospital.

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The incident happened at 7.10pm yesterday in the car park of Sainsbury’s Local on the A62 Leeds Road, Liversedge.

The road has been shut since then and police remain in the area while investigations got underway.

Intensive searches, including of drains in the area, have been took place throughout the morning and into the afternoon.

Local councillor Michelle Grainger-Mead said she was shocked that something like this has happened in her ward and has urged anyone who may have any further information to come forward.

“I urge anyone with information to contact the police immediately, even if it’s anonymously.

“People with firearms are a danger to society and should not be allowed to roam freely amongst us.

“So please do not put any misplaced loyalty ahead of public safety.”

Detective Superintendent Mark Swift said: “Clearly this incident has caused understandable concern in the community and extensive enquiries are underway to identify those involved.

“The discharge of any firearm in a public place is an extremely serious matter and something police will absolutely not tolerate.

“There will be an increased policing presence and high visibility patrols in the area to offer reassurance to the community.

“I would continue to appeal for anyone with any information or anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area yesterday to contact police.”

Any witnesses or anyone with information as to those responsible are asked to contact the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111 quoting Operation Filtergate. Alternatively, people can use the live-chat facility available via the Force website. Anyone with dash-cam footage or CCTV capturing the incident is asked to get in touch immediately.

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