Two 15-year-old males were attacked by a group of males carrying weapons in Louis Street, Chapeltown.
The incident happened at about 11:11pm yesterday (04/04) which left the males requiring surgery for their injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.
The police in Leeds authorised a Section 60 Order for a designated area of the city between Sheepscar and Moortown. This gives police officers extra power to stop and search anyone they believe might be carrying weapons.
This was brought in for an initial 24-hour period at 1:30am today (Wednesday) to prevent serious violence and keep people safe. It will be subject to regular reviews.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector James Entwistle, said; “We understand this incident will cause some concerns among the community and have launched a full investigation into the circumstances.
“We believe that the two males were attacked by a group of four to five males who decamped from what was described as a small, dark hatchback vehicle and would appeal to anyone who saw a similar vehicle in the area at the time to contact us.
“One of the injured males had a ball bearing embedded in his hand and our information suggests that a discharge of a weapon occurred. We would similarly appeal to anyone who witnessed this to get in touch.
“Anyone who saw what happened or has information that will assist our enquiries is asked to contact Leeds District CID on 101, or by using the 101LiveChat on the West Yorkshire Police website. The log reference is 2013 of 4 April.”
Information can also be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online.