Teen shooting linked to gang dispute
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.”