Officers believe it was a drug-related crime
Police in Cardiff have revealed that a man being treated in hospital sustained gunshot injuries to his face in what's believed to be a drug related attack.
Officers are treating it as attempted murder. It happened at a flat in Lynwood Court, Elm Street, Roath, on Saturday, February 10th.
Following an incident at the flat a 26-year-old man from Ipswich was treated at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, for facial injuries - these have now been confirmed as the result of being shot with a firearm.
He was released from hospital two days later.
Police say the incident is believed to be related to 'county lines' drug activity.
Detectives are appealing for information on three men who were seen trying to enter the flat at around 7pm and then running out soon after.
They are all described as:
- around 25 years old
- wearing navy boiler suits and black boots.
- One of them, who was around 6ft tall, was also wearing a distinctive black and white paw print bandana around his face.
- The two other men are shorter - between 5ft 3ins to 5ft 6ins.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Rob Cronick, from the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: "This is an extremely rare level of violence for South Wales and a full investigation is underway to identify and arrest those responsible.
"We are appealing for information on the identity of the three men we believe are responsible but also for information regarding a silver Audi A4 estate car, registration number CV53 ZNU.
"This vehicle is seen on CCTV driving around the Elm Street area of Roath before driving away from the scene after the incident occurs. It was later found burnt out in Sandringham Road, Penylan.
"We know this vehicle travelled from London to Cardiff on the morning of Saturday, February 10th. We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen this vehicle and its occupants at any time on that Saturday.
"Two green petrol containers were found inside the car - did they buy these in Cardiff or somewhere else on the way? We would like to hear from anyone with information which may help our enquiries."
As part of the on-going investigation, officers have today searched two flats in Penylan and Roath. A 28-year-old man was arrested in the Kimberly Road property for an unconnected immigration matter. There have been no arrests at Claude Road.
Detectives believe the incident in Lynwood Court is linked to county lines. County lines is when an organised crime group from an area such as London, Birmingham and Liverpool extends their drug dealing enterprise across boundaries.
They often use young people or vulnerable adults to deliver their drugs, coercing them with payment or gifts or by forcing them through intimidation and violence.
Superintendent Steve Murray, Head of Operations Eastern BCU, added: "Cardiff is one of the safest cities in the UK and it is important we keep it that way by dealing very firmly with anyone who brings a gun into our capital.
"We are working hard to make South Wales a hostile environment for organised crime groups and we need the community to be our eyes and ears and report any suspicious activity."
Anyone with information regarding the Lynwood Court incident is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number *051129.
Three women were arrested shortly after the incident. Two have been released without charge. One remains under investigation.
A 41-year-old man who was previously arrested was also released without charge.