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Second man arrested after shot fired on Shakerley estate in Tyldesley
5:40pm Tuesday 13th August 2013 in News
A SECOND man is being questioned by police in connection with an incident where a shotgun was fired through the window of a house.
Police were already questioning a 20 year-old man who they arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, section 18 assault and criminal damage. He remains in police custody for questioning.
Today they arrested another 20 year-old man on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, section 18 assault and criminal damage.
The arrests follow an incident on Saturday when a shotgun was fired into a home at Tyldesley in what police are calling a targeted attack.
At around 3.05pm, three men in an old shape, dark coloured Audi approached a 24-year-old woman who was walking along Rutland Road on the Shakerley housing estate. A fourth man stayed inside the vehicle.
The trio asked her where a certain man lived and when she said she did not know, she was hit on the head with a hammer.
Police said the men left the woman and walked to a house on Rutland Road, where a shot from a shotgun was fired into a ground floor front room window. It is believed the men also used a hammer to damage a car outside the address.
The woman suffered superficial injuries and no one else was injured.
The four men drove off in the Audi down Shakerley Road towards its junction with Tyldesley Road and Castle Street.
Later that day police cordoned off an area of land on the Hindsford side of the junction and officers searching for clues were seen scaling a wall at the rear of a boarded-up shop on the corner of Hindsford Street.
Detective Inspector Martin Reddington, based at Wigan Police Station, said: “From our initial enquiries, it appears that this is not a random act and they had a clear target in mind.
“Fortunately no one was present in the room where the firearm was discharged and the only injury suffered was a minor laceration to the woman.
“It is however a cowardly attack as whoever fired the shot would have been totally unaware who may have been inside the room.
“Obviously local residents will be concerned to hear about what has gone on in their neighbourhood. Patrols have been increased in the area to provide reassurance and I would urge anyone who has any concerns to speak to their local officer.
“If you believe you saw anything suspicious in or around the Rutland Road area on Saturday afternoon, I would ask you to come forward.
“You may think you saw something but feel it would be insignificant to our investigation.
“I can assure you that the information you have could be vital in helping us find who is responsible.
“In addition to contacting the Police at Leigh, on 0161 856 7225 it is also possible to provide information anonymously to Crimestoppers. All information received will be treated confidentially.”