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Passengers terrified as shots shatter tram window

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Terrified tram passengers have spoken of their fear after a shot was fired at the window of a tram smashing one of the windows.

A pensioner has told of the terrifying moment a tram was ‘shot at’ with a pellet gun, smashing a window.

Passengers are said to have descended into panic when the carriage window was struck as it pulled into Benchill Metrolink stop one evening last month.

David McKitty, 74, had got on the Manchester Airport line at Wythenshawe after visiting his daughter and was heading back to Manchester city centre.

As they got into Benchill, there was a loud bang as something hit the window and shattered it.

It’s not confirmed what it was that caused the damage, but David, who lives in Longsight, believes it was some form of bullet.

He said:

I was sat up front by the driver. There wasn’t many of us in that carriage but the ones behind were busy. All of a sudden, something hit the window next to my head on the right side of the tram and the whole thing started to shatter.

It was lucky it didn’t go through the glass because it would’ve hit me.

I think the only reason it didn’t go through was because of how thick the glass was.

– David McKitty

David said many passengers began to panic, with some wanting to get off the tram immediately through fear that there would be another ‘shot’.

Everyone was shocked and started to panic.

The woman next to me rang someone and they told her to get off straight away, she was worried there would be another shot.

The driver hadn’t even heard so I knocked on his window to tell him.

They stopped the tram and Benchill and we all had to get off and get on another tram back to Manchester city centre.

– David McKitty

TfGM’s Metrolink director, Peter Cushing, said the tram was withdrawn from service as a result and branded the act ‘mindless and reckless’. He said:

Wilfully attempting to smash a window on a moving vehicle with people are on board is not only mindless and reckless but endangers those travelling.

Whoever is responsible for this incident not only damaged the vehicle but also inconvenienced our customers, as the tram had to be withdrawn from service. The matter has been reported to police and I’d encourage anyone with information to call them.

– David McKitty

A GMP spokesman confirmed they were aware of the incident.