A GAA player is recovering in hospital after he was shot and beaten in Huddersfield in an horrific random attack.
Fearghal Cross, 22, from Enniskillen in Co. Fermanagh was walking alone through the town centre when he was shot then viciously assaulted in a sickening unprovoked attack.
Mr Cross, a design student attending Huddersfield University, had been returning from a night out with friends, which began at the local Irish centre. He was set-upon less than a mile from home.
Sources who wish to remain anonymous claim Mr Cross was shot with a firearm likened to an air rifle, before being beaten and kicked about the face and head.
He was rushed to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary before being transferred to Leeds General Infirmary where he was treated for serious head injuries.
One friend said: “A car pulled up and fired three or four shots at him. I don’t know if they hit him by accident, but what happened after was deliberate – they jumped out and beat him.”
A spokesman for Kirklees Police in Huddersfield said they arrested two men aged 16 and 31 in connection with the incident. They described the attack as random.