Updated: Police hunt for two men after social work office ‘targeted’ in shooting

Police in Manchester are appealing for information after 'purposeful attack' on social services building

Police in Manchester are searching for two men suspected of firing gun shots in a “purposeful attack” on a social work office.

Witnesses described the men approaching the building, in Moston Lane, Harpurhey, and firing shots at the door and vandalising it with graffiti. The men were described as wearing balaclavas and dark clothes.

The council building houses both adults and children’s services departments. No-one was injured.

Police believe the incident took place shortly before 4.30am on Sunday 24 April and have appealed for anyone with information to get in touch.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Cunliffe from Greater Manchester Police’s North Manchester Division, said: “We believe this to be a purposeful attack on the building. We are working with Manchester City Council to ensure the safety of those who work in and use the building.”

Bullet shell casings were found at the scene and the door of the building was damaged.

The Manchester Evening News said the shooting was understood to be a “targeted attack” on a social worker but this not been confirmed.

Pat Karney, a Harpurhey councillor, told the Manchester Evening News: “I am very disturbed about this targeted incident on this office. I will be meeting with the police to find out what has happened.”

A spokesperson for Manchester council said: “This is a police matter and we’re offering every assistance to GMP as they investigate it.”

Anyone with any information about the shooting should contact the police on 0161-856-3925, or via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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