Sunday, 12 August DC Insider – Ten people were injured in Manchester, England after gunfire broke out after carnival street party on Sunday. Two children at least were among the wounded, but it was reported that they suffered minor injuries.
Authorities reassured that none of the injuries appeared to be life threatening.
“A tenth person – a man – remains in a stable but serious condition in hospital with injuries to his legs,” a spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said.
Police officers are now investigating the incident and interviewing witnesses. No evidence is yet disclosed over the motive of the attack or who did it.
“Officers are trying to establish exactly where this incident took place and who is responsible for such a dangerous attack,” Detective Superintendent Debbie Dooley said.
“This was a reckless act that could have had devastating consequences with families and friends losing loved ones,” Chief Superintendent Wasim Chaudhry said.
Hours after the attack, footage of panic and confusion was posted on social media for police officers trying to help the crowds.
According to the Antioanl Statistic, the shooting is one among an increasing wave of violent crimes across the country. During the first quarter of the year, homicides attacks recorded by the police increased to 12 percent, knife crimes rose to 16 percent and robbery to 30 percent.
Gun crimes also rose to 2 percent in the same period, to almost 6,500 offences.
“Whatever happened outside has no connection to the carnival and it will be safe today and the crowds are coming in,” said Caribbean Carnival chairman Mile Bisson.
“The spirit of carnival is dance, music, vibrancy and well-behaved people enjoying themselves.”
The Caribbean Carnival party is held every year since 1972 and attracts thousands of people in summer each year.
Councillor Pat Karney said: “You can’t tar a whole community because of some idiotic behavior.
“I think the fact that over 16,000 people came out to the carnival yesterday indicates the strength of the community here and their desire to celebrate their area.”