A street shooting incident that left 12 injured, including two children, after a major carnival in Manchester is being investigated as an attempted murder.
A crowd of people suffered pellet-type wounds after shots were fired in the city's Moss Side area in the early hours of Sunday.
The injured, who are believed to be aged between 12 and in their 50s, predominantly suffered leg injuries, with one man left in a serious condition.
Armed officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were called to Claremont Road at 2.30am on Sunday and discovered several people had been hurt.
It came hours after around 16,000 people had attended the Caribbean Carnival in the area.
Footage reportedly showing the aftermath of the shooting was posted on social media.
Chief Superintendent Wasim Chaudhry said police were working on the premise the weapon used was a shotgun and are investigating whether the victims were targeted.
He said the motive for the attack remained unclear and added: "It would be obvious to any particular person that discharging a firearm in a large crowd like this is completely reckless."
One person has discharged themselves from hospital and the other nine are still being treated. Police said two other people with minor injuries also later went to hospital to be "checked over".
Social media video appears to show a panicked group of people being helped by police in the aftermath of the shooting.
As a voice cries out, shouts of “move” can be heard, while another voice asks “can you hear me”.
A number of people were in the area following the Caribbean Carnival, which had finished some hours before, police said.
Litter including empty bottles of brandy and other drink containers, food wrappers and nitrous oxide canisters could be seen across the street.
Claremont Road was cordoned off by police on Sunday morning.
Police believe a shot gun was fired at least twice and have yet to find the weapon with searches ongoing.
Unarmed officers will continue to patrol throughout Moss Side.
Chief Superintendent Chaudhry said: “The investigation remains in its very early stages and we are still appealing for people to come forward to police with information about who is responsible for this reckless attack.
“This was an extremely dangerous and serious offence. Letting off a firearm in a crowd of people can result in devastating consequences and I am just thankful that no one has died as a result and that no one is in a life-threatening condition.
“(Saturday) had been a great day for the community with over 16,000 people attending the Caribbean Carnival where no arrests were made.
“The vast majority of people living in Moss Side are law abiding, community-spirited residents and I don’t want this incident to cast a shadow on what was a wonderful day although I understand it will concern people.
“We believe the answers to our questions could lie within Moss Side and I would implore anyone who knows anything to please get in touch as matter of urgency. If people don’t feel comfortable talking to police then they can also report information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers.”
Anyone with any information should call police on 0161 856 4166 quoting incident number 297 of 12 August or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.