A 15-year-old girl has been shot in the leg in what police described as a “random” attack as she walked down the road.
Greater Manchester Police Chief Inspector Mark Warner said the “shocking incident” had left the seriously injured teenager now needing surgery to remove pellets which police believe came from an air rifle.
She had been walking on Edge Lane near to the Halfway House pub in Droylsden on Saturday at around 7.15pm when she was hit in the back of the leg.
Mr Warner said: “On the information we have at the moment, this would seem to have been a random attack with complete disregard for the potential consequences – the girl was just walking down the road when she was shot at, now she requires surgery.
“We would like to hear from anyone with any information that could help us, please get in touch as soon as possible.
“This could have been you, this could have been your child and we want to find those responsible.
“The police investigation will leave no stone unturned, we want to be able to give the girl and her family all the answers they deserve.
“There will be an increased police presence in the area while our investigation continues.”