Eight men from Little Hulton, Salford and Bolton have been charged over gang-related shootings which blighted Little Hulton last year.
The town saw a horrifying series of tit-for-tat shooting attacks – some in broad daylight – in what police believed were targeted incidents.
A 34-year-old victim was blasted three times in the chest and torso by a would-be hitman on a motorbike as he stood outside his Coniston Avenue home at 11.20pm on Monday 5 October 2015.
The father-of-three survived the shooting.
Shortly after, a burned-out motorbike was discovered dumped in an alleyway in Weaste
Just days later, a 48-year-old man was shot in the back as he sat on the couch at his home on Moosbrook Drive in Little Hulton.
He was escorted to hospital under armed guard but was not severely injured.
Now Patrick McCann, 31, of Baron Fold Crescent in Little Hulton has been charged with conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life.
He appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court on Wednesday along with Jamie Morris, 21, of Townsfield Road, Westhoughton; Sami Kenteh, 23, of St. Germain Street, Farnworth; Anthony Smith, also 23, of Cannon Street, Bolton and John Norman Kennedy, 43, of Dunedin Drive, Duchy, Salford.
Kennedy was also charged with possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.
The five have been remanded in custody until a date is set at Manchester Crown Court.
Three other men already in prison have also been charged with the same firearms offence: Kane Morrison, 22, of Strangeways (HMP Manchester), Harry Allen, 28, of HMP Haverigg and Marc Jason Murray, 31, currently residing at HMP Belmarsh.