16-year-old girl hospitalised after drive-by shooting in Manchester

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A 16-year-old girl is in hospital after a drive-by shooting in the Moss Side area of Manchester.

Police were called following reports of a person being injured on Quinney Crescent at around 10.30pm on Friday.

The girl was rushed to hospital in a stable condition with a wound that is believed to have been caused by a firearms discharge.

It is understood that her physical injuries are not thought to be serious.

Police are currently with her and her family as she continues to recover in hospital.

Detectives from Longsight's criminal investigation department are investigating the incident and believe that a single shot was fired by a passing vehicle at a crowd outside the address where a party was being held.

An extensive cordon is in place at the scene Credit: MEN media

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: "It is not thought that the girl was the intended target but enquiries are moving at pace to establish the reason for the incident and – ultimately – the people responsible for it.

"An extensive cordon is in place as we continue to investigate the scene, and we thank the local community for their cooperation while this takes place.

"We have additional officers patrolling the area this weekend and encourage anyone with concerns or information to approach us to talk in confidence.

No arrests have been made and police are urging people who saw or heard anything to contact police or to call Crimestoppers if they don’t want their name and details to be known.

Chief Superintendent Robert Cousen, city of Manchester division commander, added: “My thoughts are with the victim whose physical injuries are thankfully not serious and she is able to talk to our officers in hospital, but that does not diminish what could’ve happened here as incidents of this nature are always reckless, serious and risk lives being lost.

“We’re doing all we can to unpick the circumstances of this incident and to ensure that whoever is responsible is caught and brought to justice.

"This involves a lot of work that has been going on overnight - and continues into today - on Quinney Crescent and the surrounding area, as well as extensive investigative work beyond the scene to progress this investigation as quickly as possible."

A forensic search of the area is being carried out Credit: MEN media

He added: “I thank the local community for their support and cooperation while this takes place and ask anyone with information to get in touch, as we know there was a party happening last night that we are confident will provide us with a number of potential witnesses to what occurred.”

Police have asked for anyone with information to get in touch with Greater Manchester Police via their website or by calling 0161 856 4382 quoting incident 3388 of 29/07/2022.

Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.