Four people injured during shooting incident at Manchester party

A 16-year-old girl was among four people hurt during a shooting at an engagement party in Manchester, police have said.

Police were called just after 1am on Sunday following reports of four people arriving at hospital with apparent gunshot wounds.

One man, 54, is being treated for serious injuries to his arm, and a 48-year-old man is in a serious condition and has undergone surgery.

A 27-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl were also injured in the incident. “It is unclear whether this is a result of a gunshot, debris from the discharge, or from the disturbance at the scene,” Greater Manchester police (GMP) said in a statement.

The 16-year-old has since been discharged from hospital.

Greater Manchester police said: “It appears the group had been at an engagement party at an address on Birch Hall Lane in Longsight, where a large amount of people had gathered. We believe at some point, shortly before 1am, an altercation took place, possibly in the garden, and it’s been reported five gunshots were fired. A scene is currently in place and officers are working to establish the circumstances of what has happened.

“Shortly before 2am, police also received a report of a car on its roof on Thoresway Road, Longsight. It is uncertain whether this was connected to the shootings, but detectives are exploring every line of inquiry, and out of caution are treating this as linked at this time.”

Supt John Harris, from the City of Manchester District, said: “This kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable, and will not be tolerated.

“Our inquiries are still in the very early stages as we piece together what took place overnight, but we are currently at the scene and we are collating any evidence that can aid in our pursuit of who is responsible.

“We understand that this incident is worrying for the community, we have extra police patrols in place, and we will work to find out exactly what has happened, and bring those responsible to justice.

“As we piece together the details, if you live in the area, and heard anything last night, then I urge you to contact us, as any information could really help at this stage.”

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