In the early hours of Sunday 12 August, there was a reported shooting in Moss Side from which a number of people were injured.
The reported shooting occurred after the first day of the Caribbean Carnival of Manchester which took place in Alexandra Park.
Greater Machester Police (GMP) have stated that a pellet gun was fired with “pellets in its rounds” at a street party on Claremont Road around 02.30am.
Although nine victims had “pellet-type wounds”, the only serious injury was a man with a broken leg.
“All victims of the pellet gun were not seriously injured”, a local resident of Moss Side told TNT News. “The mainstream media has sensationalised the whole story”, she continued.
According to local residents, the incident was totally separate from the carnival celebrations which had long finished in the day. It was a reported isolated incident that led to a disagreement between some people partying on Claremont Road, they said.
Another two people attended hospital later on Sunday to be “checked over” but their injuries are not serious, police said.
Chief Superintendent Wasim Chaudhry, from (GMP), said those injured were aged between 12 and their 50s. Reportedly, they suffered minor injuries to their legs.
“Discharging a firearm… in as large a crowd as this is completely reckless,” he said.
“I think it’s more by luck than by anything else that people haven’t suffered life-threatening injuries,” he added, saying the motive remained unclear.
He said two armed officers were “quickly in attendance, within a minute in fact”, followed by other officers.
Police urged anyone with information to contact them as they were treating the attack as the attempted murder of 10 people.
‘It has no connection to the carnival’
Caribbean Carnival chairman Mike Bisson said people had come from around the country to the “flagship” carnival.
“Whatever happened outside has no connection to the carnival and it will be safe today and the crowds are coming in.
“The spirit of carnival is dance, music, vibrancy and well-behaved people enjoying themselves.”
Councillor Pat Karney said: “You can’t tar a whole community because of some idiotic behaviour.
“I think the fact that over 16,000 people came out to the carnival indicates the strength of the community here and their desire to celebrate their area.”
The annual Caribbean Carnival has been held since 1972, and draws thousands of people.