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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 April 2007, 15:54 GMT 16:54 UK
Man, 34, killed by masked gunmen
Roundhay Road
Roundhay Road was still cordoned off by police on Saturday
A 34-year-old man has been shot dead by four masked gunmen in a Leeds take-away in a "targeted attack", police say.

The attack happened at the Shahjahan Restaurant in Roundhay Road, Harehills, at 2330 BST on Friday.

The road remained closed off on Saturday afternoon as forensics experts carried out investigations.

Detectives had arrived at the scene to find the dead man on the shop's kitchen floor. Police said the gang could be local and may have fled on foot.

Detective Superintendent Steve Payne said they believed the victim, who lived locally, had collected a curry several minutes before but had run back to the take-away for refuge when he knew he was being pursued.

'Very shaken'

He said the man then jumped into the kitchen area to hide from the gunmen, but they broke down a door and forced their way into the room.

Several shots were fired by the gunmen, who were believed to have been carrying two handguns between them.

No customers were in the take-away at the time, but the shop's owner and chef were in the premises. Both were said to be uninjured but "very shaken".

This was a cold-blooded killing, we believe these men were lying in wait for their victim
Det Supt Steve Payne
West Yorkshire Police

Police said there were no reports that a vehicle was used for the men to escape in, and they had not ruled out that they had fled the scene on foot.

Det Supt Payne said he could not confirm the motive for the shooting, but said the victim's background was being investigated.

Det Supt Payne said: "Any incident like this is very disturbing for the officers involved, along with the whole community.

"I'd like to reassure people that we do believe this was a targeted attack, and incidents of this nature are extremely rare. This was a cold-blooded killing, we believe these men were lying in wait for their victim.

"This is a very busy route where there are lots of restaurants, take-aways and bars. I would appeal to everyone who was in that area - including taxi drivers - that if they have seen anything at all to get in touch."

He added that extra police officers had been drafted into the Harehills area.

The four gunmen were thought to have worn dark sports clothing, with hoods and balaclavas covering their faces.


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