Moss Side shooting: Two children among 10 injured

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Police said the victims’ injuries were not life-threatening

Two children were among 10 people injured in a shooting at a street party in the Moss Side area of Manchester.

Armed police were called to Claremont Road at about 02:30 BST.

Police said nine victims had “pellet-type wounds that are not believed to be serious”. A 10th person – a man – is in a serious condition with leg wounds.

The shooting took place at a party being held after the first day of this weekend’s Caribbean Carnival in Alexandra Park.

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Forensics officers were searching the street on Sunday morning

Chief Supt Wasim Chaudhry, from Greater Manchester Police (GMP), said: “Thankfully the injuries suffered do not appear to be as serious as first believed and hopefully people will begin to leave hospital over the course of the day following treatment.

“That being said, there may be people who didn’t seek treatment last night and I would urge these people to get immediate medical attention if that is the case.”

He said the shooting was “a reckless act that could have had devastating consequences”.

The man in hospital is in a “stable but serious condition in hospital with injuries to his legs”, a GMP spokesperson said.

It is not yet clear whether his injuries were also caused by the pellets, police said.

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Thousands of people attend the Carribean Carnival every year

Moss Side anti-violence campaigner Dr Erinma Bell told the BBC she understood the shooting had been carried out by one man, but this has not been confirmed by police.

The Caribbean Carnival, which has been held every summer since 1972, draws thousands of people.

Residents said a street party was usually held in Claremont Road after the first day of events.

Youth worker Kemoy Walker, who had been on the main stage at the carnival on Saturday, said he was shocked at the news.

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Police said officers would be patrolling the area over the coming days

He said he had been at another street party in Claremont Road until about 23:30 BST.

“The party I was at was beautiful,” he said.

“When I left there was lovely dancing. That’s Moss Side, that’s the culture. I’m in shock this morning.”

Organisers said Sunday’s carnival events would continue.

Greater Manchester deputy mayor Beverley Hughes said the shooting was “very upsetting and it causes a deal of distress and people feel that their reputation is challenged again”.

She added: “I think the carnival, as well as being two days of intense enjoyment for the community, is a really important statement about where that community has comeā€¦ and so I think for it to be abandoned would be a very unfortunate message.”

At the scene: Anna Jameson, BBC Radio Manchester

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The Caribbean Carnival has been running for 46 years

The Caribbean Carnival was meant to be a celebratory event, especially given the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush generation.

Moss Side has done much work in the last few years to reinvent its image – in the past it had become notorious for violent crime.

The events overnight will be seen as absolutely shocking for the local community.

Officers will understand that and they will know there will be a lot of people who will be scared in their own homes – that is why they are putting on extra patrols over the coming days.

Det Sup Debbie Dooley said: “The area is being searched and examined while we are also trying to speak to as many people as possible and are reviewing CCTV to get all the facts.”

Extra officers will be patrolling the area over the coming days to reassure the public, she added.

Since the 1980s, Moss Side has been associated with problems linked to drugs, gangs and violence.

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The shooting took place on Claremont Road

Former police officer Martin Harding, who now works with local schools, said the number of shootings had significantly fallen in recent years.

He said: “It’s another sign that some of the work in Moss Side – and neighbouring Hulme – is working because, going back, it used to be an almost a daily occurrence that there would be incidents of a similar nature taking place in the area.”

He said the area had a “proud community” and there would be “lots and lots of disappointment” with the latest shooting.

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The party in Claremont Road was said to be one of two street parties held after the first day of the Caribbean Carnival

He added: “A lot of the rest of country will still remember the old bad headlines but we know it’s changing massively, we also know there’s been massive investment in the area – Manchester Metropolitan University have built new premises in the area.

“We’ve seen other businesses start to move back and we’ve seen the area grow to be a real international community.”

Moss Side shooting: Two children among 10 injured

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