Manchester College security guard shot by laser-guided air rifle

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Image caption The security guard managed to run away and call police after the shooting at The Manchester College

A security guard was shot three times by a laser-guided air rifle as he patrolled the grounds of a Manchester college.

The 56-year-old was hit in the face, arm and thigh in the shooting, which happened at The Manchester College, Openshaw, at about 21:40 GMT on Sunday.

The victim managed to run away and was not badly injured, police said.

No arrests have been made, and officers are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The guard was targeted after noticing a red laser shining in his direction, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said.

He then heard the sound of an air pellet zip past his ear before he was hit.

PC Paul Harrison said: "Understandably the victim was quite shaken up by this incident but I would like to praise him for managing to get himself away from the situation and alerting the police so quickly.

"The investigation is still at an early stage but I would urge anybody with information about this incident to please come forward."

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