Salford soldier shooting: Police appeal to pubgoers

Police car outside Lord Nelson pub
Image caption Police believe the shooting may be connected to a dispute in the Lord Nelson pub

Police investigating the shooting of a soldier in Salford have appealed to people who were in the pub where he was drinking to come forward.

Steven Higgins, 27, was with friends in the Lord Nelson pub in Bolton Road, Pendlebury, at about 2200 BST.

A gunman walked up to the group and appeared to fire at them. He then ran out and was chased by the group.

As he fled down an alleyway, he fired the gun and Mr Higgins was shot twice, causing serious injuries, police said.

He remains in serious but stable condition in hospital.

'Extremely worrying'

The gunman is described as white, in his 20s and of medium or slim build.

Det Ch Insp Jon Chadwick, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "The offender appears to think nothing of using a gun against someone, and we are keen to identify this individual as soon as possible so we can take this dangerous man off the streets.

"I can understand that this type of incident is extremely worrying, but I can assure people in the local area that we are treating this very seriously.

"A dedicated team of detectives are investigating and extra police patrols remain in place to offer local people reassurance."

He urged anyone with any information to call Greater Manchester Police or Crimestoppers anonymously.

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