Man questioned as Upperthorpe shooting victim named

A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting of 23-year-old Assel Al-Essaie, who has been named as the victim of this weekend’s incident in the Upperthorpe area of Sheffield.

Shooting victim Assel Al-Essaie

Mr Al-Essaie was shot in the chest on Daniel Hill in Upperthorpe at about 1.35pm on Saturday. He was taken to the Northern General Hospital and police confirmed he died later that day.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the shooting and today remains in police custody.

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.

An area of Daniel Hill surrounding the Mercedes was sealed off by armed police during a forensic investigation on Saturday afternoon.

Abdullah Asker, 19, a close friend of Mr Al-Essaie, said: “Assel was a really humble guy, a good person.

“It was very shocking to everyone. We never expected this to happen in this area.”

Senior investigating officer Joanne Bates said: “We are still exploring a number of lines of enquiry in relation to Mr Al-Essaie’s death and any witnesses are urged to come forward.

“I would like to reassure the community that we are doing everything possible to determine the exact circumstances of the incident.

“Officers and PCSOs will continue to patrol the area and anyone with any information is asked to speak to them.”

The incident happened just five days after a 25-year-old man was shot in the chest in the Shiregreen area of the city.

Shots were also fired through the window of a pensioner’s home in Southey Green in what police believe was a case of mistaken identity earlier this month.

That shooting is believed to be connected to another similar incident in High Green on 26th January.

Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, Dr Alan Billings, said gun crime is something the police need to ‘watch carefully’, The Sheffield Star reported.

“There are clearly issues about guns and gangs in Sheffield but in terms of the scale I don’t think the issues here are comparable with other big cities, but it is something we have to watch and keep an eye on,” he said.

South Yorkshire Police ask anybody with information to contact the police on 101 quoting incident number 571 of 18th February.