Officers were called at about 9.10pm on 15 September 2021 to reports of a firearms discharge in South Manchester.
It was reported that four shots had been fired at a car parked on Old Moat Lane, in Withington.
It is believed the intended target was a man in his 20s, who was sitting in the vehicle at the time. Fortunately, he was un-injured.
A short time later, a White ford Focus crashed on Abbey Hey Lane in Gorton, and the occupants of the vehicle left on foot. Officers attended, and recovered a firearm from the vehicle and that is being examined.
At this early stage of the investigation, detectives do not want to rule out any potential lines of inquiry, and are currently investigating whether the vehicle is linked to the firearms incident.
No arrests have been made and inquiries are on-going.
Detective Inspector Chris Potter of GMP’s City of Manchester district, said: “We understand this is a concerning incident for people that live in the area, and we are investigating thoroughly, following a number of lines of inquiry.
“We believe this was a targeted attack and there is no wider threat to the public. However we have increased patrols in the area, and we’re currently carrying out house to house inquiries.
“We’re keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the incident on Old Moat Lane, or may have CCTV footage. We’d also like to speak to anyone who may have seen the white Ford Focus on Abbey Hey Lane in Gorton, or may have dash-cam footage of it.
“Anyone with information can call police on 0161 856 6063 quoting log 3300 of 15/09/21, of via LiveChat on our website www.gmp.police.uk. Alternatively, you can call independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Thank you.”