A mayor’s son-in-law has been shot at as he sat in his car outside Sainsbury’s.
Ex-Olympic boxing hopeful Hamza Hussain, 22, was rushed to the hospital on Monday (4) night after he was shot three times in Liversedge, West Yorkshire.
Hamza is the son-in-law of Mumtaz Hussain, mayor of Kirkless.
Speaking to the media after the incident, Mumtaz said he had very little contact with Hamza after he fell in with the wrong crowd.
He told The Mail Online: “He hangs around with people who are in trouble all the time. I don’t speak to him and he is not invited to my house.”
“My daughter rang me from Leeds General Infirmary at 11am to tell me her husband had come out of the operating theatre and surgeons had removed three bullets from him,” he said.
“I don’t get on with the guy, but he’s my daughter’s husband.”
The mayor said he’s hopeful this incident would be a turning point for the former England Under 18 light welterweight boxing champion, who has an eight-month-old daughter.
The mayor added: “I told him you have got a little girl so you need to stop what you are doing.
“I think that maybe this could be a turning point. He could have been killed.”
Detective Superintendent Mark Swift was quoted as saying: “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.”