A man is fighting for his life after being shot in broad daylight in Manchester.
Armed police are at the scene in Ashton-under-Lyne along with an ambulance and rapid response vehicle, while a cordon is in place.
Officers confirmed a man has been taken to hospital and that he remains in a critical condition.
Witnesses say they heard ‘four or five gunshots’ and claimed the victim fell into the road and was given CPR before an ambulance arrived.
One eyewitness told the Manchester Evening News they saw two men wearing balaclavas and gloves going into a house nearby before the attack.
“You couldn’t see a bit of their faces”, they said.
There was a “kerfuffle” inside and the shooting began when the men came out, according to reports.
It is understood that detectives at the scene of the incident have entered a property.
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Officers were called to Birch Street at around 4.50pm and the cordon is in place on Birch Street and Pellham Street.
The incident reportedly happened near the Go Local shop, at the junction of Mansfield Street.
According to witnesses, there was a van parked outside the shop with a smashed window.
Superintendent Mark Dexter from Greater Manchester Police said: "We are currently responding to reports of a shooting and a man has been taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
"I understand that this will call cause concern in the local community but I want to reassure the public that we currently have a large police presence in the area, including armed officers that were deployed to the scene.
"If you have any information about this incident, it is incredibly important that you get in touch as soon as possible."
An investigation has been launched and enquiries are ongoing.
Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 1592 of 13/06/2018, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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