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Monday, 18 February, 2002, 17:43 GMT
Police warning after fatal shootings
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Police in Manchester are investigating the shootings
Police in Greater Manchester have stepped up patrols after two men were killed and five people injured in four shooting incidents.

Chief Constable Alan Green warned gun crime will not be tolerated and pledged to catch those responsible.

All the attacks - which are unrelated - happened during an "exceptional" weekend, said Mr Green.

He said the public should be "reassured" by the action the force is taking to find those responsible.

Greater Manchester Police faced exceptional circumstances during the weekend

Chief Constable Alan Green

Mr Green said: "We immediately responded to the incidents and have increased high-visibility patrols in key locations."

On Friday, McMurray Chinado Iheagwara was shot dead in Bettwood Drive, Crumpsall, Manchester.

The 40-year-old suffered horrific head injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival at North Manchester Hospital.

On Saturday night two men were injured in a shooting incident in the city's Moss Side area.

The pair are in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

Shoulder injury

On Sunday, a 25-year-old man and his 20-year-old girlfriend were injured when a gunman shot through the couple's window at their home in Horwich, Bolton.

Their two-year-old daughter, who was with them at the time, was not injured.

The woman was shot through the shoulder and will need surgery. Her husband was being detained in hospital for observation.

At 0100 GMT on Monday, Stephen Baba-Tunde Amos, 21, of Longsight, Greater Manchester, died after he was shot outside Bexx Bar in Ashton-under-Lyne.

A second man in his twenties was also injured in the incident and is in a serious condition in hospital.

Lines of inquiry

Mr Green said: "Greater Manchester Police faced exceptional circumstances during the weekend.

"We are following a number of lines of inquiry and have dedicated substantial resources to these investigations.

"It is vital the public act as our eyes and ears and come forward with information to bring those responsible to justice.

"Greater Manchester Police has a proven track record of successfully investigating armed crime."

A spokeswoman said the shootings were not being linked.

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