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Shooting at Caribbean carnival in Manchester

12 PEOPLE including two children were injured in a mass shooting at a Carribean Carnival in Moss Side, Manchester.

The incident took place in the early hours of Sunday morning (Aug 12), and BBC reports that police believe the weapon used was a shotgun loaded with “pellets in its rounds”. It was fired into the crowd during a street party following the first day of the carnival.

The Carribean Carnival of Manchester is an annual festival held in the Moss Side region of Manchester and this year's event was celebrating 70 years of the Windrush Generation. It brought large groups of people to the area, with several after-parties understood to have taken place in Claremont Road.

Superintendent Wasim Chaudhry, from Greater Manchester Police, said those injured were aged between 12 and their 50s and mainly suffered injuries to their legs.

“Discharging a firearm… in as large a crowd as this is completely reckless,” he said. “I think it’s more by luck than by anything else that people haven’t suffered life-threatening injuries,” he added, saying the motive remained unclear.

The Metro reports that local DJ Wayne Everett said: “In Moss Side we’ve had pubs shot up where gangs of men have stood outside. We’ve had open shoot-outs with gangs. This is on another level.”

Beverley Hughes, deputy mayor of Manchester, said the shooting is not representative of the area in 2018, which has historically been known for violence and gangs. She says the area has been ‘transformed’ in recent years.

Despite the shooting, the carnival continued into Sunday when the second day of festivities took place.

Officials have not yet identified a motive for the attack and the investigation was ongoing.

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