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Tributes to Sheffield man Jordan Thomas shot dead in car

Jordan Thomas Image copyright South Yorkshire Police
Image caption Police believe Jordan Thomas was shot dead in "a targeted attack"

Tributes have been paid to a man who was shot dead while sitting in a stationary car in Sheffield.

Jordan Thomas, 22, was a passenger in a silver Ford Mondeo when he was shot on Derek Dooley Way in the city centre, at about 22:15 GMT on Sunday, police said.

The 27-year-old driver of the vehicle suffered serious injuries and remains in a stable condition in hospital.

South Yorkshire Police said detectives believed it was a targeted attack as the car queued at traffic lights.

Mr Thomas's family described the shooting as an "act of cowardice" and appealed to anyone with information to come forward.

In a statement, the family said: "Jordan truly was full of life, with his cheeky grin and quick wit. He was a charmer, anyone luckily enough to have met Jordan will attest to this and those that have met him truly did love him."

A post-mortem examination revealed Mr Thomas, who was from the Waterthorpe area of Sheffield, died of gun shot injuries.

No arrests have yet been made but police said they were pursuing "a number of lines of inquiry".

Officers said the men were shot at from the passenger side of the car while the vehicle was at traffic lights near the Parkway.

'Tragic circumstances'

Speaking at a press conference earlier, Det Ch Insp Craig Robinson said the incident was "shocking and inexcusable".

"A young life has been lost in tragic circumstances.

"We believe the car was shot at from the passenger side, and then travelled down the Sheffield parkway after the incident, leaving at the first exit heading towards the markets, before pulling into a lay-by and contacting police."

Mr Robinson appealed for any witnesses to contact the force.

He said: "I'd also like to hear from anyone who may have seen a red Mitsubishi Shogun in and around Sheffield city centre on Sunday evening, and after the time of the incident.

"I do believe this may have been a targeted attack against Jordan and the 27-year-old driver of the Mondeo, however it is early on in the investigation, and this is one of the reasons why we need people to come forward."

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