Two people were arrested by South Yorkshire Police today, in relation to the killing of a man in a daytime shooting in Sheffield earlier this month.
These are the latest in a series of arrests that have been made in relation to the incident.
An eye witness at the scene claimed armed police officers with police dogs stopped a minibus style taxi close to the junction of Derek Dooley Way on the Sheffield Parkway, at around 12:30pm this afternoon.
South Yorkshire Police said in a statement today: “Police activity on the A61 Sheffield Parkway earlier today, where a vehicle was stopped by officers, is connected to the ongoing murder investigation into the death of Aseel Al-Essaie in Sheffield.
“Two people have been arrested in connection with this incident and are in police custody.”
Jenny Lapping posted a photo of the scene on Twitter. The tweet read: “Armed police on Sheffield Parkway. Man pulled from taxi #Sheffield #SYPolice.”
The driver of the minibus was seen exiting the vehicle with his arms over his head.
Aseel Al-Essaie, 23, was shot in the chest on Daniel Hill in Upperthorpe at about 1.35pm on Saturday 18th February. He died at Northern General Hospital later the same day.
Local residents said Mr Al-Essaie had been attending a family celebration for his twin sister’s engagement and was either in, or stood close to, a black Mercedes at the time of the attack.
Today’s arrests follow five previous arrests that have been made in connection to the incident.
A 22-year-old man and a 30-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of murder, a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, and a 57-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assisting offenders.
All five have been bailed pending further enquiries.
A statement released by South Yorkshire Police says: “The investigation into Mr Al-Essaie’s murder continues in earnest and officers remain keen to hear from anyone with information about the shooting”.
South Yorkshire Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen a grey/silver Volkswagen Golf R (pictured above) with the registration plate PJ10 OJU and an unusual twin exhaust. They are also keen to speak to anyone who has seen a black Mercedes C class car with the registration plate LP66 RUH, or a white Mercedes C class car with the registration plate NU15 PZF.
If you have information that could help police, please call 101 or email email@example.com quoting incident number 571 of 18 February 2017.
You can also give information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Abdullah Asker, 19, a close friend of Mr Al-Essaie, said: “Aseel was a really humble guy, a good person.
“It was very shocking to everyone. We never expected this to happen in this area.”