Two people shot outside bingo hall

Police are investigating after two people were injured in a shooting outside a north Manchester bingo hall.

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 had been shot in the wrist. Neither are believed to be life-threatening injuries.

The pair suffered their injuries in a previous incident outside Gala Bingo at Harpurhey shopping precinct at around 7.15pm.

The woman finished playing bingo and arranged for her son to pick her up. He arrived in his Audi, he pulled up in the car park and she got in. Almost immediately a black car pulled up behind them blocking them in.

Two men then got out and 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 and are now being treated.

Detective Superintendent Alex Millet said: “This appears to be a targeted incident which could have had even more dire consequences. Thankfully it doesn’t look like either are too seriously injured, but we’ll know more tomorrow.

“We believe the black car was driven by two white men and it’s from that car that the shots were fired. I want to reassure people that we have had armed response officers to the scene and are now investigating.

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