Moss Side shooting: 10 people in hospital, say Greater Manchester police
Ten people have been taken to hospital after a shooting in the Moss Side area of Manchester.
Armed officers were called to Claremont Road at 2.30am on Sunday and discovered several people had been hurt. Most of the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, the force said.
Large numbers of people were in the area for the Caribbean Carnival, which had finished hours before the incident.
Greater Manchester police (GMP) said a man was in a serious but stable condition with leg injuries, and nine other people, including two children, were taken to hospital with pellet-type wounds following the incident.
Ch Supt Wasim Chaudhry, from GMP’s city of Manchester division, said: “Thankfully the injuries suffered do not appear to be as serious as first believed and hopefully people will begin to leave hospital over the course of the day following treatment.
“That being said, there may be people who didn’t seek treatment last night and I would urge these people to get immediate medical attention if that is the case. This was a reckless act that could have had devastating consequences.”
He added: “Today the community is likely to feel concerned and that’s completely understandable. Guns have no place on our streets and we want to assure you we are doing everything we can to find the person or people responsible.”
The official carnival, which finished at 8pm, took place in Alexandra Park, a short walk away, but two unofficial street parties were held afterwards. A police cordon was in place on a stretch of Claremont Road on Sunday morning.
Beyond the police cordon, the ground was littered with glass, nitrous oxide canisters and takeaway trays.
Residents reacted with shock to the news. Kemoy Walker, a youth worker and Moss Side community ambassador, was at a nearby street party three hours before the incident.
“I’m shocked. Moss Side has come a long way with great things happening in our community to now hearing this,” he said. “What’s going on? Why is this happening still? I’m saying still because it’s happening all over the place not just Moss Side but why do they have to target this community in a celebration of Manchester carnival?”
Det Supt Debbie Dooley said: “We currently have a number of people in hospital all being treated for different injuries but thankfully most do not appear to be life-threatening at this time. Officers are trying to establish exactly where this incident took place and who is responsible for such a dangerous
“The area is being searched and examined while we are also trying to speak to as many people as possible and are reviewing CCTV to get all the facts. The Caribbean Carnival had been taking place earlier that day but had finished several hours prior to this incident occurring, which is why there were still a lot of people in the area.
“Those living or visiting the area will understandably be concerned by this incident and we will have extra officers patrolling the area throughout the morning and into the coming days.”
GMP said it had deployed a “large number” of armed and unarmed officers in the area after the alarm was raised.
Police officers at the scene in Claremont Road on Sunday.