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Man Murdered As Gunman Opens Fire In Pub
A 23-year-old man has been killed and three others hurt after a masked gunman opened fire at a pub where a 60th birthday party was being held in Greater Manchester.
Police were called to the Cotton Tree in Droylsden just before midnight on Friday after a man wearing a balaclava walked into the pub and opened fire on a group of men standing near a pool table.
The dead man has been named locally as Mark Short, but officers said they cannot be sure he was the "intended victim" as three other men were also injured in the shooting.
Two men, aged 25 and 26, suffered wounds to their leg and a 29-year-old man was injured in his lower back.
All three are recovering in hospital and while their injuries are not life-threatening, police described them as "potentially life-changing".
"The premises itself is a small premises, a small pub," said Chief Superintendent Nick Adderley from Greater Manchester Police.
"We believe it was a family do. Twenty or 22 people were there, including the deceased and three injured males.
"It's fair to say the witnesses are being co-operative.
"I just want to reassure the community we don't believe this to be a random attack.
"This is a good community, a solid community, with a good community spirit and this is an isolated incident."
The gunman escaped in a Ford Focus and police believe another two men were waiting in the vehicle.
It was later found abandoned and on fire in Hattersley, around six miles away.
Officers explained the family who were celebrating at the pub were "known to police", but said "it would be unfair to link their criminal history to this incident".
"There's no motive at this stage but a number of theories are being worked on and we're very open minded," Chief Supt Adderley added.
:: Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
what do you think?
gangstes drugs enough said
David what is a ganstes
Indeed, what is "definately"?! Tee hee
Andy don't be so petty bout spelling. I agree drugs n gangs are over taking today's society.
Once again reminded of how lucky I am to live where I do. The only shootings around here are of crows...
Lol, when I first read your post movvi, I though its said 'cows' 0_o
And that is illegal as all birds a protected by law.
@Robert what law would that be ??
Small pedantic point for robert (only coz I feel like it) - birds defined as pests are not protected - crows, magpies, pigeons and herons if they are menacing a fishery.
Well said gengis, people should find things out before they post rubbish on here
yes and thugs with no thought for life shouldnt be running around shooting defencless animals big hard men that they are
Crimes like this occur for one reason and thats drugs. I don't live too far from this incident and in previous, similar, crimes in this area, drugs have been th reason.
sad to see a life has been lost , the reason to why this happened only the deceased and maybe a few others will know.......why do people have to use guns to reslove there issues..? is this not what we call a COWARD....!!....if the police don' t find the people who did this the family of the deceased will.....and is this what we want ?
This sounds like Manchester, Birmingham, Coventry, London etc. This also shows that the gun laws are worthless as criminals can make or buy guns and ammunition easily from the Black Market.
so the police dont think the shootings have anything to do with the victims criminal activities. mmm then i dont think the police are being totally honest. of course its got something to do with it. live by the sword die by the sword. get over it
stupid people..... they WILL be caught , and spend time locked away ....