Murder Victim Named After Sheffield Shooting

21st February 2017

As the investigation into the murder of 23-year-old Assel Al-Essaie in Sheffield continues, the lead officer is making a direct appeal to the public to come forward with information.
Mr Al-Essaie was reportedly shot in Daniel Hill, Walkley, at around 1.35pm on Saturday 18 February. He was taken to hospital and died a short time later.
A post-mortem examination concluded he died from a gunshot wound.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Steve Whittaker said: "Detectives and local officers have been working relentlessly over the last few days to gather as much information as they can about this incident.
"We're aware that firearms incidents raise concerns among communities, understandably so, but I want to offer my reassurances to the public that we are doing everything possible to determine the exact circumstances.
"We are aware that there are growing concerns in the local community and across Sheffield following a number of separate reported shootings. At this stage in our investigation, we don't believe the murder of Mr Al-Essaie is linked to any other reports in Sheffield but we will of course explore every available line of enquiry.
"We are absolutely committed to identifying and apprehending those responsible. This was a shocking incident and we are doing all we can to thoroughly investigate this matter.
"Thank you to those who have already come forward to speak to officers and offer information. If you know anything that could help us, please get in touch.
"Were you in the Daniel Hill area of Walkley on Saturday afternoon? Did you see anything suspicious?
"I'm appealing directly to the public to please give us a call on 101 to pass on any information you may have and remember, you can always ring Crimestoppers to pass on information anonymously."
A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. He has now been bailed pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting incident number 571 of 18 February.

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