A SHOOTING has taken place near a primary school in Salford where children were “almost caught in the crossfire”.
Shots were fired near Lark Hill Primary School at around 3pm today – the same time the school day was due to end.
Witnesses say children were nearly caught up in the crossfire of what is being described as a “targeted attack”.
A blue Renault Megane with bullet holes in the front and rear windscreen could be seen dumped near the school.
It is believed the shooting started near a parade of shops in the city with a person on a motorbike opening fire on the Renault.
The shooting reportedly continued as the motorbike pursued the car through the streets before the Renault was abandoned near to Clarendon Recreation Centre just yards from the school.
Local councillor John Warmisham said: “I’m extremely concerned that this shooting took place as children who have come out of Lark Hill Primary School were visiting shops nearby.
“In addition there were members of the public and people using Clarendon Recreation Centre.”
No arrests have been made and no one is thought to have been hurt.
A local resident told Manchester Evening News: “We were inside when it happened. My son heard about seven shots, it sounded like fireworks.
“We saw a car with its back screen all smashed through.”
A neighbour, who asked not to be named, added: “I heard the bangs down the street. It looked like it was cars and some motorbikes involved, they drove really fast down here.
“We came outside as soon as we heard the bangs. I saw a black bike whizz past my house.”
Detective Inspector Joanne Kay, of GMP’s Salford District, said: “There is a large police presence at the scene and officers will be there for some time carrying out their enquiries.
“If you were in the area and you saw what happened, or if you witnessed anything suspicious, then please get in touch with us as a matter of urgency.”
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman confirmed: “Officers are currently responding to reports of a shooting in Salford.
“Shortly after 2pm on Thursday 11 July, police were called to reports that a number of shots had been exchanged between the rider of a motorcycle and the occupants of a car in Liverpool Street.
“The occupants of the vehicle, a blue Renault Megane, fled the scene as did the motorcyclist. There are no reported injuries at this time.
“No arrests have been made. A scene is in place in Liverpool Street as police continue with their enquiries.
“Detective Inspector Joanne Kay, of GMP’s Salford District, said: ‘There is a large police presence at the scene and officers will be there for some time carrying out their enquiries. “If you were in the area and you saw what happened, or if you witnessed anything suspicious, then please get in touch with us as a matter of urgency.’
“Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5187 quoting reference 1850 of 11/07/18 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”