Somali boy shot dead at Sheffield birthday party

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AN EMERGENCY community meeting was held in a Sheffield suburb after an 18-year-old was shot dead at a birthday party in the early hours of yesterday morning.

The youth, named by locals as Deeq Ali, was killed at 2.40am after an argument broke out among Somali youths at the Spital Hill Plaza on Spital Hill, Burngreave.

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder. Chief Superintendent Simon Torr, said today: “We would like everybody to stay calm, give as much information as they can, and not to do anything that would further inflame the situation.”

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police have called for calm in Burngreave and yesterday an emergency meeting of police, city councillors and community leaders took place.

Police Chief Superintendent Simon Torr said: “We gave people all the information we could – they were appreciative of the meeting and pleased to assist in any way they could.”

Burngreave Coun Jackie Drayton said: “The police are appealing for calm, although really it was more about trying to encourage any community members or witnesses to come forward with evidence. They were asking people not to jump to conclusions and to wait to hear what’s happened.”

Spital Hill was cordoned off and is expected to remain closed until tomorrow as police comb the area for forensic evidence.

A local teenager, who didn’t want to be named, said: “These Somali guys started arguing, and one of them ended up killing the other – one guy shot the other one.”

Another Burngreave resident, who also wanted to remain anonymous, said: “They were having a party. I know things have happened here before, it’s just another thing on Spital Hill.”

“I do feel worried though, you don’t expect these sorts of things.”

Ahmed Mubjer, 33, who lives locally, said he felt ‘unsafe’ following the murder.

“You don’t expect this level of danger. This area doesn’t seem to be a safe place to live,” he added.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “At around 2.40am emergency services were called to a community centre on Spital Hill following a report of a person being shot.

“Three people have been arrested.”

The plaza hosts gatherings for local youths and in September 2007 it was the scene of another shooting in which a man was shot in the stomach at a party.

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