A MAN in his 50s has been left in a life-threatening condition after being shot in Wigan this afternoon, Thursday.

Police were sent to Bickershaw Lane in Abram at around 4.20pm where a man had been shot and was taken to hospital.

A black Audi was seen in the area shortly before the victim was shot.

Inspector Mark Ainscough, of Greater Manchester Police's Wigan district, said: “The man’s injuries are believed to be life-threatening, and now that he is receiving medical treatment, our priority is to find those responsible for this shooting.

“I can appreciate that incidents such as this will cause a lot of concern in the community but I would like to reassure the public that we have launched a full investigation into what happened.

“A scene will remain in place as our officers continue their enquiries.

“I am appealing for the public’s help to gather more information and need people who saw what happened to come forward.”

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If you have any information contact police on 0161 856 7957, quoting log 1,931 of September 19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.