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Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was shot in Wigan

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was shot in Wigan.

The incident happened around 4.20pm today (Thursday 19 September 2019), when police received a report that a man had been shot on Bickershaw Lane.

Emergency services responded and the victim, a man in his 50s, was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound.

His condition is believed to be life-threatening.

Initial enquiries have established that a black Audi was seen in the area a short time before the victim was shot.

Inspector Mark Ainscough, of GMP’s Wigan district, said:

The man’s injuries are believed to be life-threatening, and now that he is receiving medical treatment, our priority is to find those responsible for this shooting.

I can appreciate that incidents such as this will cause a lot of concern in the community but I would like to reassure the public that we have launched a full investigation into what happened.

A scene will remain in place as our officers continue their enquiries.

I am appealing for the public’s help to gather more information and need people who saw what happened to come forward.

– GMP

Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 7957, quoting log 1931 of 19/09/2019 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.