Investigation launched following reported firearms incidents in Moss Side
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An investigation has been launched following reports of gunshots being heard in Moss Side, Manchester.
The first incident on Sunday (25 July) was reported to police at around 1.47am with witnesses reporting hearing gunshots in the Fairman Street area of Moss Side.
Officers attended and an 18-year-old man was later located at hospital after self-presenting with a gunshot wound to his leg. He has since been discharged.
At around 1.36am on Tuesday 27 July, police were called again to reports of gunshots being heard and a group of males were witnessed running from the scene close to Millennium Park. No victims have been identified.
Detective Inspector Andrew Worthington, of GMP's Longsight CID, said: "We have a team of detectives currently working around the clock to establish the circumstances surrounding these incidents and at this time we believe that the two incidents are not linked.
"Following examinations of the scene on Tuesday, we have sent away evidence, namely ball bearings found on the road, to be forensically tested and we are following up on a number of lines of inquiry.
"We would like to reassure the public that we completely understand that these incidents will cause people to feel unsafe and this is unacceptable - we will not tolerate this behaviour and we are doing all we can to locate any offenders.
"We have stepped up patrols in the area and we continue to work together with our partner agencies to reduce crime overall in Moss Side.
"We are continuously working to reduce gun crime in Greater Manchester and a total of 120 firearms have been taken off our streets in the last year as we continue to tackle the use of weapons by organised crime groups.
"These firearm seizures came as a result of proactive operations and planned raids supported by our Serious and Organised Crime Firearms Investigation Team (SOC FIT), which was launched in 2018 dedicated to tackling the use of illegal firearms in Greater Manchester.
"Our focus remains on taking strong action against those in society who involve themselves in the use of firearms and we will ensure that those we suspect of having such involvement will face prosecution and be taken from our streets."
"If anyone has any concerns then please do get in touch with police. Anyone with information is asked to call Longsight CID on 0161 856 4409. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."