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Victim of takeaway shooting dies
Halton McCollin
Halton McCollin was in the takeaway with friends
A 20-year-old man has died in hospital three days after he was shot in a takeaway in Greater Manchester.

Halton McCollin was in the China Garden in Stretford with friends on Saturday when he injured.

A murder inquiry is under way by Greater Manchester Police who say several witnesses to the shooting have not yet come forward.

Mr McCollin, a promising footballer, played semi-professionally for Flixton Football Club.

Police said he was bleeding heavily after the shooting and has been in intensive care. He died on Tuesday morning.

It is believed that two masked men, one holding a gun, ran into the Chester Road takeaway just after 2045 GMT and a number of shots were fired.

CCTV footage from outside the takeaway, and the nearby Gorse Hill pub, clearly shows several people who could be potential witnesses to this murder.

'Appalling crime'

Supt John Graves, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "This is the tragic loss of a promising young man who was on track to really make something of his life.

"His footballing career had every chance of flourishing as Flixton was a good springboard for youngsters to get interest from bigger clubs. Now his family will have to live never knowing what he could have achieved.

"My colleagues investigating this appalling crime have viewed CCTV footage from the area and there are clearly several people present who are vital witnesses to this murder.

"You know who you are and I appeal directly to you to come and speak to us."

Mr McCollin is described as a "thoughtful boy" and "sports mad" by his father, who said his son was "totally loyal to his team and coach".

His family have appealed for anyone who witnessed the shooting to speak to police.

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