Teen shoot­ing linked to gang dis­pute

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

THE shoot­ing of a teenager is be­ing linked to a vi­o­lent feud be­tween two crime gangs.

The 18-year-old suf­fered ‘po­ten­tially life-chang­ing’ in­juries in the in­ci­dent on Spender Av­enue in Cheetham Hill.

Po­lice are still piec­ing to­gether the ex­act cir­cum­stances, but images of a black Range Rover ap­peared to show shots had been fired through a rear pas­sen­ger win­dow.

The in­ci­dent comes af­ter five shoot­ings and a street fight in which ma­chetes were bran­dished.

The vi­o­lence has in­cluded a day-time drive-by shoot­ing, in which two men were blasted in the leg; shots be­ing fired in a con­ve­nience store; and car wind­screens be­ing blasted.

In the lat­est in­ci­dent, the vic­tim was driven to North Manch­ester Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal by men in a Toy­ota Yaris.

Hos­pi­tal staff alerted po­lice at about 9pm.

The teenager was shot on the same street where the gun war started on Septem­ber 1, when the wind­screen of a Toy­ota was blasted.

GMP has launched Op­er­a­tion

Hea­mus to tackle the dis­pute.

Supt Re­becca Boyce, of GMP’s City of Manch­ester Divi­sion, pre­vi­ously told the M.E.N: “We strongly be­lieve that this is an on­go­ing dis­pute be­tween two spe­cific lo­cal crime groups.

“We are un­clear as to what has caused this dis­pute and what is the cat­a­lyst for this re­cent firearms dis­charges.

“We would urge any mem­ber of the pub­lic who is aware of what is go­ing on be­tween these crime groups and has in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward.”

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