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Last Updated: Monday, 13 March 2006, 21:47 GMT
Four arrested after gun killings
The scene of the shooting in Salford
The Brass Handles pub was packed with football fans
Four people have been arrested by police after two men were shot dead at a pub in Greater Manchester.

Two other men, both 27, were hurt at the Brass Handles pub in Edgehill Close in Salford on Sunday afternoon. They are in hospital under police guard.

Four local men, in their early 20s, were questioned on Monday.

Police said two men had entered the pub on the Langworthy estate, which was packed with fans watching a Manchester United game, and opened fire.

The bodies of the two victims, who are both believed to be 27 and from Salford, were found on grassland across the road from the pub.

Police officers at the scene of the shooting
This shooting has sent shockwaves through the local community
Det Supt Andy Tattersall
Greater Manchester Police
The names of the two victims have not been released, but post-mortem examinations were due to take place on Monday.

Police said they were from the Manchester area.

Greater Manchester Police said numerous bullets had been fired inside the pub.

Officers carried out door-to-door inquiries on Sunday night and began examining CCTV footage.

The two injured men were taken in a car to Hope Hospital in Salford.

'Terrifying ordeal'

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen a dark coloured car in the area prior to or shortly after the incident, to contact them.

Det Supt Andy Tattersall said it was a "terrifying ordeal" for those in the pub when shots were fired.

"It is imperative that we are able to piece together the moments leading up to this incident.

"We realise that this shooting has sent shockwaves through the local community, but I want to emphasise that we are making every effort to establish what has happened at the pub.

"Any information received will be treated in the strictest of confidence."

'Revenge' investigated

He said he could not give any further information about those arrested, but confirmed they were being held on suspicion of murder, or involvement in the murders.

The police chief said it could have been sparked by a feud or loss of face.

He said police were looking into the possibility that those involved were out to get revenge.

An incident room has been set up at Pendleton police station and anyone with information should call 0161 856 5448 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.




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