Detectives were last night waiting to interview a gunshot victim who was blasted in the face in a terrifying shooting.

The 27-year-old victim, named locally as Eugene Nelson, suffered what police described as serious but non-life threatening pellet wounds to his face and shoulder in the incident outside Holmewood Social Club, on Bradford’s Holme Wood estate, at Tuesday teatime. He was yesterday undergoing surgery to remove lead shot from his face.

The victim was in a group on the club car park when a car pulled up and a gun was fired from an open window, from 15 to 20 yards, before the vehicle sped off.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Superintendent Dave Pervin, yesterday confirmed that the weapon used was a shotgun, believed to be double-barreled.

He said: “We have not recovered the firearm, but ballistic evidence at the scene confirms it was a shotgun.”

Det Supt Pervin said police were keen to locate a maroon Mondeo estate, on false 05 plates, used in the incident, and three people who were in it.

“The Mondeo was driven up to the social club, a gun was poked out of a window and two shots fired,” said Det Supt Pervin. “Anyone who uses a gun is dangerous and this seemed rather indiscriminate. Those responsible should not be approached.”

Det Supt Pervin said the victim was still receiving medical care in hospital.

Police are examining CCTV and checking Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) for sightings of the Mondeo.

Officers are speaking to witnesses who were in the car park of the club, which is on Broadstone Way, other people who were inside the club, and witnesses overlooking the scene.

Detectives are still investigating the motive for the shooting.

But Det Supt Pervin said: “It would appear there may have been a previous falling out between someone.”

Extra officers were patrolling the estate. Any witnesses, or anyone with information, is urged to contact police, on 101.