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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 February 2008, 13:15 GMT
Plea by shooting victim's parents
Louis Braithwaite
Louis was shot in the chest and stomach and died on Sunday
The parents of a 16-year-old boy who died after being shot in a betting shop in Manchester have urged young people to "put down the guns".

Louis Braithwaite was shot in the chest and stomach in a branch of William Hill in Mauldeth Road West, Withington, on 29 January. He died on Sunday.

A man, 18, is still being treated for gunshot wounds to his stomach and torso, suffered in the same incident.

Louis's parents said in a statement: "Don't let his death be in vain."

They said: "Let our tragic loss be used as an example of the dangers of guns. We want all young people to stop killing each other and put down the guns, and join in activities."

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the shootings to contact them.

Det Supt Sam Haworth, who is leading the investigation, said: "This is a tragic loss of a young life. Louis was a 16-year-old boy with his whole life ahead of him. That has now been taken away from him, and his entire family.

"We are working around the clock to find whoever is responsible for this shooting, but I cannot emphasise enough we cannot do it without the help of the community.

"We have now established what we believe to be the vehicle used to flee the scene of the shooting - a black VW Golf - and I am keen to hear from anyone who saw a similar vehicle at the scene, or who knows where it is.

"Anyone with any information can give it to officers anonymously and with their identities protected."

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