Mystery of woman shot in the skull
AHOUSEKEEPER was left with a pellet lodged in the base of her skull after being shot in Didsbury.
The woman, 54, was in the car park of The Waterside Hotel, on Wilmslow Road, during a break from her job, when she felt a pain in her neck.
Police said the victim did not realise how serious her injury was until she got home.
She was taken to hospital where an X-ray revealed that she had a pellet lodged in the back of her head.
It is not known what weapon was used to fire the pellet.
The incident happened at around 3pm on Monday, April 13, police said.
Detective Constable Lucy Barnes, said the ramifications could have been far worse and asked anyone with information about the incident to contact police.
She said: “We don’t know whether the woman was deliberately shot at or was the victim of someone recklessly firing the weapon indiscriminately, but either way this is an extremely serious incident that could have had far worse ramifications.
“We don’t know exactly what weapon was used but the end result is she now has a pellet lodged in the base of her skull.
“If anyone saw what happened or has information about those responsible I would urge them to contact me in complete confidence.”
A GMP spokesman said: “The victim works as a housekeeper at the hotel.
“She had finished work and was waiting outside.
“While there she felt something hit her.
“She didn’t think anything of it but as she was driving home realised it was something more serious and her husband took her to the hospital.
“It was reported to us as 5.05pm.”
However, a management spokesman for the Waterside Hotel said the incident did not take place within the hotel grounds.
He said: “At this time we are working with the police to ascertain the full facts of the situation.
“We have spoken to the individual who has stated this did not happen at the Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club and was a private domestic issue that happened away from the hotel and leisure club.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 0161 856 6151, or to call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.