A bungling gunman's murder plot is believed to have been thwarted after he 'tripped' when pulling the trigger.
Police have described the "targeted attack" in Greater Manchester last night as "shocking" and said it’s only by "sheer good fortune that no-one was injured".
The suspect was seen jumping out the passenger side of a blue Audi before taking aim at three men stood outside a pub.
But, according to a witness, he lost his footing on the curb moments before discharging the firearm, described as a handgun, reports the Manchester Evening News.
The bullet missed the trio and instead hit a window of the Hare and Hounds in Ashton-under-Lyne at around 8.30pm.
One man ran inside the pub and the other two fled for their lives from the scene.
The gunman pursued the fleeing men down the road and further shots were fired.
The suspect then got back in the Audi, which was being driven by an accomplice who drove off.
There were no reports of injuries.
A crime scene remains in place outside the pub while further enquiries are carried out.
Inspector Zoe MacDonald, of GMP’s Tameside District, has appealed for witnesses to come forward.
Insp McDonald said: “This was a shocking incident and it’s only by sheer good fortune that no-one was injured.
“We are treating this as a targeted attack and we do not believe there is any threat to the wider community.
“We are keen to speak to anyone who has information that can assist our enquiries.
“This incident happened on a busy road and we’re confident that drivers in the area may have captured dash-cam footage of the incident taking place, or of the Audi shortly before or after the incident.
“If you were in the area at the time, I’d ask that you review your footage and contact the police if you can help.”
Armed police raced to the scene on Friday night and the road was closed while police carried out investigations.
One neighbour described hearing loud bangs that he soon realised was gunfire as he watched television.
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