Girl, 16, shot in drive by shooting outside house party on Manchester's Moss Side estate


A 16-year-old girl was shot in a drive by shooting outside a house party.

The teenager was taken to hospital in a stable condition with a wound believed to have been caused by a firearms discharge after the shooting at just before 10.30pm on Friday in the Moss Side area of Manchester.

Greater Manchester Police said the girl is not believed to have been the intended target.

Her injuries are understood to not be serious and officers are with her as she continues to recover in hospital.

The force believes a single shot was fired by a passing vehicle at a crowd outside the address where the party was being held.

It said in a statement: “Inquiries are moving at pace to establish the reason for the incident and, ultimately, the people responsible for it.

“An extensive cordon is in place as we continue to investigate the scene, and we thank the local community for their cooperation while this takes place.”

Chief Superintendent Robert Cousen, commander of the City of Manchester division, said: “My thoughts are with the victim whose physical injuries are thankfully not serious and she is able to talk to our officers in hospital, but that does not diminish what could’ve happened here as incidents of this nature are always reckless, serious and risk lives being lost.

“We’re doing all we can to unpick the circumstances of this incident and to ensure that whoever is responsible is caught and brought to justice.”