Moss Side shoot­ing: 10 peo­ple in hos­pi­tal, say Greater Manch­ester po­lice

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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

at­tack.

“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.

Pho­to­graph: Peter Byrne/PA

Po­lice of­fi­cers at the scene in Claremont Road on Sun­day.

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