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Gang link inquiry over shootings
William Hill on Mauldeth Road West
Police are investigating whether the shootings were gang-related
Two teenagers who were shot in a betting shop in Greater Manchester may have been the victims of a gang-related attack, police say.

Officers are keeping an open mind as to whether the shootings at the William Hill shop on Mauldeth Road West, Withington, were linked to gangs.

The youths, aged 16 and 18, remain in a critical condition following the shootings on Tuesday night.

Police say the teenagers, who were both unarmed, are known to them.

Increased patrols

Two men were seen running away from the shop after the shooting, which left the 18-year-old with bullet wounds to his stomach and torso and the 16-year-old with chest, shoulder and leg injuries.

One of the youths was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary and the other is being treated at Trafford General Hospital.

Detectives believe the attack could be linked to reports that shots were fired in the area on Friday.

Patrols have been stepped up in the area to help reassure local residents.

Divisional Commander Ch Supt David Anthony said: "I am appealing directly to anyone who was in the bookmakers last night, especially between 2000 GMT and 2100 GMT or anyone who may know anything about shots being fired in the area on Friday to contact police."



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