Police declare section 60 order after young man seriously hurt in 'targeted' shooting

-Credit: (Image: Manchester Evening News)
-Credit: (Image: Manchester Evening News)

An investigation is now underway after a 20-year-old man was left seriously injured in a 'targeted' shooting in Little Hulton on Sunday evening (May 26).

Emergency services descended on Aspinall Crescent at around 9.30pm following a 'suspected firearms discharge'. Greater Manchester Police said shots had been blasted at a house.

The victim, now confirmed to be a 20-year-old man, was rushed to hospital from the scene where he remains with serious injuries. A scene remained in place overnight and throughout Monday amid ongoing investigations into the incident.

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Greater Manchester Police have since implemented a Section 60 stop and search order across Worsley and Little Hulton, which is running for 24 hours from 12.45am on Monday. The order gives officers the powers to search anybody within a specified area.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident to 'establish the full circumstances' that led up to the shooting, that is thought to have been a 'targeted attack'. There will be increased police patrols in the locality with a scene remaining in place over the coming days.

In the aftermath, some terrified residents told the Manchester Evening News how they wanted to move house as they shared fears about the rise in crime in the local area.

"It's very scary," neighbour Tiffany Butterfield, 41, said. "It's frightening. When I moved here, my neighbours told me I'd come to the wrong place. [The shooting] is so close to home. It's very disturbing. I've never seen as such. It's nerve-wracking."

Police at the scene after the shooting on Sunday night (May 26)
The area covered by Section 60 powers

Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, added: "It's scary. We want to move. We've lived here for 10 years. When we first moved, it wasn’t that bad, but over the last three or four years it's got out of control."

Pictures taken from the scene on Sunday night showed the residential street cordoned off as detectives carried out door-to-door enquiries. The cordon also remained in place throughout Monday (May 27) as armed police are also understood to have attended the incident.

Anyone with any information, doorbell or CCTV footage, is being urged to report it to Greater Manchester Police immediately. The force has not disclosed whether any arrests have been made.

Chief Inspector Darren Whitehead of GMP’s Salford district, said: “We launched an investigation last night and a team of officers in our Crime Investigation Department are working tirelessly to understand what has happened.

Police remained at the scene on Aspinall Crescent overnight
Police at the scene after the shooting on Sunday night (May 26) -Credit:ASP

“Through initial enquiries, we believe this was a targeted attack with no threat to the wider public, but we do recognise the shock that the news of this incident will have on the local residents nearby and more widely across Greater Manchester.

“There will be an increase of policing activity in the area over the coming days whilst we investigate and anyone with any concerns is encouraged to come and speak to us. We have officers at the scene who are happy to provide a listening ear to any concerns you may have.

“I would urge anyone in the area at the time of the incident, or anyone who has mobile or CCTV footage that may be of interest to police to contact us as a matter of urgency as they may have information which is vital to our investigation.

“You may think the information you have is insignificant, but it could be key to finding out what happened last night and it will be treated with the strictest of confidence. We are also appealing to motorists and residents in the area, who may have captured anything on Dashcam, CCTV or doorbell cameras to contact us.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 quoting log number 3266 26/5/2024. Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously to the independent charity - Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.