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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 January 2008, 13:46 GMT
Two youths hurt in shop shooting
William Hill on Mauldeth Road West
Two men were seen running away from the shop
Two teenagers are critically ill in hospital after they were shot in a betting shop in Manchester.

Armed police were called to the William Hill shop on Mauldeth Road West, Withington, on Tuesday night after reports of a shooting.

Two youths, aged 16 and 18, were injured. They are both in a critical condition in different hospitals.

Police believe the incident could be linked to reports that shots were fired in the area on Friday.

Two men were seen running away from the shop after the shooting, which left the 18-year-old with bullet wounds to his stomach and torso and the 16-year-old with chest, shoulder and leg injuries.

One of the youths was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary and the other is being treated at Trafford General Hospital.

Divisional Commander Ch Supt David Anthony said: "I am appealing directly to anyone who was in the bookmakers last night, especially between 2000 GMT and 2100 GMT or anyone who may know anything about shots being fired in the area on Friday to contact police."

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