The incident happened at around 1am on Sunday in Manchester (Picture: MEN Media)
Four people have been injured after gunshots were reportedly fired during an engagement party in Manchester in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The altercation took place around an address in Longsight, with police believing five shots were fired at about 1am, possibly in a garden.
Two men are facing serious injuries in hospital, while a woman and a teenage girl were also hurt.
An investigation has been launched and police are investigating whether a car found on its roof shortly after 2am in nearby Thoresway Road is connected to the Birch Hall Lane shootings.
A 48-year-old man is in a serious condition and has undergone surgery, while another man, aged 54, is being treated for serious injuries to his arm.
It was not immediately clear whether the injuries sustained by the woman, aged 27, and the girl, 16, were due to gunshots, debris from the discharge or from the disturbance at the scene.
The teenager has since been discharged from hospital.
A car was also found on its roof nearby, but it is unclear if the incidents are linked (Picture: MEN Media)
Earlier reports had suggested a further two people were also injured.
In a statement, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) explained: ‘It appears the group had been at an engagement party at an address… where a large amount of people had gathered.
‘We believe at some point, shortly before 1am, an altercation took place, possibly in the garden, and it’s been reported five gun shots were fired.’
Police did not say if any arrests had been made.
Superintendent John Harris added: ‘This kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
The shootings are believed to have followed an ‘altercation’ in a garden (Picture: MEN Media)
‘Our inquiries are still in the very early stages as we piece together what took place overnight but we are currently at the scene and we are collating any evidence that can aid in our pursuit of who is responsible.’
He continued: ‘We understand that this incident is worrying for the community.
‘We have extra police patrols in place and we will work to find out exactly what has happened and bring those responsible to justice.’
People with information are being asked to contact police through LiveChat on GMP’s website, or by calling 0161 856 4409 quoting incident 248 of July 25.
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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