Wigan shooting: Man in 50s suffered 'life-changing injuries' in 'targeted' attack

Police forensics on Bickershaw Lane
Image caption The victim was sitting in a parked Range Rover on Bickershaw Lane

A man in his 50s suffered life-changing injuries when he was shot in Wigan in a "targeted attack", police said.

He was parked on Bickershaw Lane at 16:20 BST on Thursday when a black Audi pulled up alongside his Range Rover, Greater Manchester Police said.

A single shot was fired from a shotgun, hitting him in the arm and hand. The Audi then left the scene.

Police said extra patrols - including armed officers - were deployed in the area in a bid to reassure the public.

The victim was taken to hospital where was said by police to be in a stable condition.

Image caption Supt Chris Bridge said the attack was 'cowardly'

Supt Chris Bridge said it was an "extremely reckless and cowardly act with no consideration to the collateral damage of people that might be nearby".

He said: "We believe the man was deliberately targeted but our investigations are at an early stage and we are keeping an open mind as to the motive for the shooting.

"We appreciate that incidents like this cause a lot of concern locally and we would like to reassure the public that extra patrols are in the area including armed response.

"Our priority is to find those responsible and we are appealing to anyone who witnessed what happened, has dash-cam footage, or has information which could assist us to share it as soon as possible."

Police said a black Audi A3 was seen in the area about an hour before the shooting.

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