Police believe bingo shooting was a targeted attack

people were shot outside a north Manchester bingo hall.

Detectives believe it was a targeted attack and that the wider community were under no threat.

At around 7.50pm yesterday, Sunday 12 January 2014, police were called by hospital staff after a 56-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man arrived on foot after suffering gunshot wounds. The woman suffered an injury to her elbow while the man was shot in the hand. Both are now recovering in hospital and are stable.

The incident took place outside Gala Bingo at Harpurhey shopping precinct at around 7.15pm.

The woman finished playing bingo and arranged to meet her son there. He arrived in his white Audi, pulled up in the car park and she got in. Almost immediately a dark-coloured hatchback, possibly an Audi, pulled up behind them blocking them in.

Two white men then got out and one of them went to grab the son. Moments later a number of shots were fired at the Audi, one hitting the son and the other hitting his mother.

The son managed to barge his way out of the car park and drove off before abandoning the car on Woodville Terrace. This has now been recovered by police.

The injured pair managed to walk to hospital.

Police particularly want to hear from anyone who saw the dark hatchback driving at speed through Harpurhey either before or after the incident.

Superintendent Dean Howard, of the North Manchester Division, said: “It is understandable that when something like this happens in the heart of the community there are both genuine concerns and lots of rumours.

“First of all, it’s important that we stress once again that this was not a random attack – we believe at least one of the victims would have known, or known of, the people in the dark car.

“Secondly, I have seen speculation about the cause of this both in the media and on Facebook. We are still looking at different possible motives for this so people trying to second guess what this is about is unhelpful.

“If you know something, but are not confident giving us your details, you can of course give them anonymously and we do have measures that can keep it that way.”

“Anyone with information is asked to call us on 0161 856 4505 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”