A TEEN has been hospitalised after being shot in a drive-by gun attack outside a house party in Manchester.
Cops say that the girl, who has not been named, is not believed to have been the intended target of the vicious crime.
Her injuries are said not to be serious and police officers remain with her as she recovers in hospital.
Greater Manchester police believe that she was wounded as a single shot was fired from a passing vehicle at a crowd outside the property where the party was being held.
The force said: "Shortly before 10.30pm on Friday (29 July) we were called to a report of a person injured outside an address on Quinney Crescent in the Moss Side area of the city.
"The victim – a 16-year-old girl – was taken to hospital in a stable condition with a wound that is believed to have been caused by a firearms discharge.
"Thankfully, her physical injuries are understood to not be serious and our officers are with her and her family as she continues to recover in hospital.
They added that "Detectives from our Longsight CID are investigating the incident and believe that a single shot was fired by a passing vehicle at a crowd.
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"It is not thought that the girl was the intended target but enquiries are moving at pace to establish the reason for the incident and – ultimately – the people responsible for it.
"We continue to investigate the scene, and we thank the local community for their cooperation while this takes place."
The spokesperson reassured local residents that there would be extra police presence in the area over the weekend and asked anyone with information to come forward.
Chief Superintendent Robert Cousen, the 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.
"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.
"I thank the local community for their support and cooperation while this takes place and ask anyone with information to get in touch, as we know there was a party happening last night that we are confident will provide us with a number of potential witnesses to what occurred."
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Anyone with information is advised to contact Greater Manchester Police via the live chat on their website or on 0161 856 4382 and quoting the date of the incident (29/7/22) and reference number 3388.
The statement adds that information on the crime can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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