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Gun fired in Higher Ince
Tuesday 27th August, 2013

Police are appealing for witnesses after a gun was fired in Wigan.

At about 10.30pm on Sunday 26 August 2013, police were called to Falkirk Drive in Higher Ince, Wigan, following reports that shots had been fired.

Officers attended, supported by colleagues from the Tactical Aid Unit, and found empty shell casings consistent with a gun being fired. No-one was reported to have been injured.

Initial inquiries have established a white man, about 5ft 10in tall and wearing camouflaged clothing was seen by witnesses carrying a handgun and jumping on the bonnet of a car before fleeing.

Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Inspector Martin Reddington said: "Thankfully, no-one was injured as a result of this incident, which we are treating as a genuine firearms discharge.

"Initial inquiries have established that a man wearing camouflaged clothing was seen with a handgun at the time of the shooting, jumping up and down on the bonnet of a car before he fled. Our inquiries are now focused on finding this man and the weapon itself and taking it off the streets where it can cause no harm.

"I would appeal to anyone who either witnessed the incident itself or perhaps saw this man in the area at about the time of the shooting to come forward.

"Any time a gun is fired it has the potential to seriously injure someone - in some cases even worse. Thankfully no-one was hurt or injured during this incident but this is probably more by chance than design and it is imperative we find both the offender and the gun itself as soon as possible.

"I would strongly urge anyone with information to come forward and I want to assure residents, who will understandably be shocked, that Greater Manchester Police will conduct a thorough investigation into this incident and do our utmost to bring the offender to justice."

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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