NYE shooting: Police appeal


Flowers left near the scene of the shooting
Flowers left near the scene of the shooting

POLICE have issued an incident room number to take calls into the fatal shooting of a man in Cheetham Hill on New Year’s Eve.

Mohammed Arif Iqbal, 26, of Springfield Avenue, Crumpsall, was one of four men sat in a silver Vauxhall Vectra on Huxley Avenue, between the junction with Spender Avenue and Heywood Street, at about 5.30pm.

They were shot at by at least one gunman who was on foot. The Vectra then drove off at speed and went to North Manchester General Hospital.

Mohammed had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead a short time later. A post mortem examination has since concluded that he died from a single gunshot wound.

High profile patrols are currently in place in the Cheetham Hill area to reassure residents and family liaison officers have been visiting Mohammed’s family to offer their assistance.

Police say it is unclear how the gunman arrived at the scene and whether he acted alone and officers are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Superintendent Mark Burtonwood, from GMP’s north Manchester division, said: “There is a team of experienced officers dedicated to this murder and we will not stop until Mohammed’s killer or killers are found and brought to justice. We cannot speculate on a motive, but we want to reassure residents that we are doing all we can to get to the bottom of this murder.

“We have been in repeated contact with people in the local community and are meeting local councillors today.

“We have also been in consultation with imams from the local mosques and are planning to meet with them tomorrow to discuss reassuring worshippers during their Friday prayers.”

Two other men were injured in the incident. A 27-year-old man suffered a gunshot would to the back and was transferred to another hospital for further treatment. He remains in a serious condition.

A third man, aged 23, suffered a minor graze to the head, possibly from shrapnel and the fourth man was not injured in the incident.

Officers are continuing to investigate and are currently working to establish the identity of the gunman.

He is described as either mixed race or Asian, between 5ft 7in and 5ft 9in tall. It is not known if he was in a vehicle.

The Vauxhall Vectra has since been found and is being forensically examined.

Anyone with information is asked to call the GMP Major Incident Team on 0161 856 2480 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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