Children scream as gunman opens fire towards busy playground in drive-by attack

TERRIFIED children were left screaming after a gunman opened fire in a drive-by shooting at a busy playground.

Families were enjoying the weather in Dainewell Park in Sale, Greater Manchester, when a blue Nissan Qashqai pulled up nearby.

Horrified witnesses said a passenger then calmly stepped out of the vehicle and began firing at three youths stood close to the park.

The suspected targets fled the scene as kids and parents began running from the play park.

The gunman then got back in the car and drove away, MEN reports.

One witness said: "How those bullets didn't hit anyone I don't know.

"It was a lovely summer evening. I saw this blue car come screaming in. One lad jumped out of the door and, bang bang, he fired two shots.

"The kids in the park just screamed. They were aged between nine and 14. It's a really quiet park. The kids can go there and it's safe. Until now. It's really getting silly around here now."

Another resident added: "We were in the garden and we heard two bangs. I ducked down in panic. My partner said 'get down, that's a gun'. We ran inside. Through the window I could see a blue Qashqai speeding off.

"I went to the front door and I could hear people screaming. There was an off-duty police officer in the park and she phoned the police. We've only been here 18 months and the park is just there and it's lovely.

"There were three fitness classes going on. The kids in the park were aged from seven or eight. It's just so scary that this has happened."

Police have now stepped up patrols in the area as they hunt the gunman.

They have cordoned off the park and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Detective Inspector Helen Bagnall, of GMP's Trafford Division, said: "The time of day and public space this incident took place in is of huge concern and we would like to reassure people that they will see more police in the locality as our enquiries continue.

"We are aware of ongoing disruption in this locality and have recently raised patrols while we work with partner agencies to address these ongoing challenges.

"The community's safety is our utmost priority and we are continuing to engage with residents to focus policing in this area.

"We have launched a full investigation into this incident and our detectives are working hard to track down those responsible.

"If anyone has information, no matter how minor, this could be the breakthrough we need, so do please get in touch."

 

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