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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 June 2006, 16:00 GMT 17:00 UK
Teenagers dead in double shooting
Scene of shooting
Forensic officers are still at the scene of the shooting
A 15-year-old girl and her 18-year-old ex-boyfriend have died in a double shooting in Greater Manchester.

Officers were called to reports of shots being fired on Orion Place, in the Lower Broughton area of Salford, on Saturday morning.

They found the girl dead at the scene and the man with gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital but died later.

Police said a shotgun was recovered from the scene and no-one else was being hunted over the deaths.

Detectives are treating the deaths as a murder investigation but have stressed they will explore all lines of inquiry.

Emergency services were called to reports of the shots at about 1015 BST on Saturday.

Map showing Orion Place
Clearly this is a tragic set of circumstances and we are supporting both sets of families
Ch Supt Kevin Mulligan

A Greater Manchester Police (GMP) spokeswoman said: "Officers attended and discovered the body of a 15-year-old girl," said the spokeswoman.

"An 18 year-old boy was also found at the scene. He was taken to hospital by ambulance but died a short time later.

"The investigation is at a very early stage and enquiries are continuing."

Forensic investigators are in the area photographing the crime scene and some neighbours have been moved from their homes.

Neighbour Kathleen Browne said she was cleaning her bathroom when she heard two shots.

Shooting 'indoors'

"Then I heard two more shots...and I heard this girl screaming outside, running up and down the street shouting, 'he's shot her, he's shot her'.

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said she believed the girl was shot first and the 18-year-old a short time later.

The woman said the shots had come from a short distance away and were thought to have been indoors.

Ch Supt Kevin Mulligan said there was no suggestion that anyone else was involved in the shooting.

"Clearly this is a tragic set of circumstances and we are supporting both sets of families," he said.

"Incidents like this are rare in Salford."

Crimes 'falling'

The incident is the second double shooting in Greater Manchester in the last week, and the second double gun killing in Salford this year.

Two teenagers are recovering after being shot in a targeted shooting in Ardwick, Manchester, last weekend.

In March, two men were gunned down at a pub on the Langworthy estate in Salford.

Despite the recent incidents, GMP said on Thursday that gun crime in Greater Manchester had actually fallen in the last two years.




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