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Mum and 7-year-old son shot in the legs on Gillingham Road, Winton

A mother and her young son have been shot at their home on Gillingham Road in Winton, Eccles.

Armed police closed off the street at around 10pm on Monday 12 October, after multiple reports of two to three gunshots.

It’s believed a lone gunman approached the semi-detached house at the end of the small cul-de-sac and when a young boy opened the door, fired a number of shots through the doorway.

Both the woman, who is understood to be 29, and her son, who is understood to be 7 years old, were shot in the leg.

Greater Manchester Police said their condition is not considered to be life-threatening, but the young boy could be left with life-changing injuries.

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SalfordOnline.com received multiple reports from residents of gunshots at around 9.30pm on Monday 12 October.

Local residents in Winton were told to stay in their homes.

Around 30 officers, backed by tactical aid units, raced to the scene, around 100 metres from St Gilbert’s Primary School near Winton Park.


Officers with sniffer dogs searched gardens in the area.

One ambulance left the scene under armed escort.

Paramedics and North West Ambulance Service crews remained at the scene along with scenes of crime investigation officers.

The scene of the shooting, near Winton Park in Eccles

The scene of the shooting, near Winton Park in Eccles

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Detective Superintendent Joanne Rawlinson said: “”Shortly after 9.25pm on Monday 12 October 2015, police were called to Gillingham Road, Salford following a report that a woman and a young boy had been shot at in the doorway of an address.

“They have been taken to hospital for treatment to gunshot injuries to the leg. Their injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

“At this stage, it is not yet known if this is linked to other shootings which have taken place over the past few days in the Salford and Bolton areas.”

Members of the public can pass on information anonymously to police by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

“This is a truly shocking set of circumstances in which a young boy and a woman have been injured after they were shot at by a gunman at their home.

“This incident has only just happened, but there is a huge police effort underway to investigate this attack and find those responsible.

“At this early stage, we do not yet know the motive behind this incident, but I would ask the community, as upset as they may be when they hear news of this attack, to please let the police carry out this investigation.

“If you have information about who may be involved in this shooting tonight, then please call us on 0161 856 5345 and tell us what you know, so we can arrest those responsible as soon as possible.”

The shooting comes after a weekend of violence in Little Hulton, Salford.

Police said that “serious and organised crime groups”, understood to be established criminal families, were to blame.

Terrified local residents witnessed three shootings in the space of 24 hours over the weekend of 9-11 October.

SalfordOnline.com broke the news of a 48-year-old man shot in the back through the front window of a house on Mossbrook Drive, Little Hulton, at midnight on Friday 9 October.

Read: Man, 48, shot through front window of Mossbrook Drive house

His injuries were not serious and he is understood to have been discharged from hospital.

The next night at around 10pm four shots were fired by a gunman on a motorbike at a property on Worsley Road on the Farnworth/Walkden border. Bullets were lodged in the front door of the house but no-one was injured.

At 11.25pm the same night, the downstairs front window of a house on Gorse Drive in Little Hulton was shot at.

It’s not yet known whether the above shootings are linked with the violence in Winton.

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