Police appeal as teenager left ‘seriously injured’ after firearm discharge in Eccles

Detectives are now "working at pace" to fully establish circumstances.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 20th March 2023

A public appeal has been issued after a teenager was left with “serious injuries” following a firearm being discharged in Eccles.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has put out an appeal for witnesses and information after officers were called by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) at around 2:30pm yesterday (19 March) to assist with responding to reports of a 16-year-old boy with an arm injury in Eccles.

The injury was believed to have been caused by a firearm, according to GMP.

The victim, who has not been named, was taken to hospital shortly after with “serious injuries”, although these injuries are thankfully not believed to be life-threatening.

A scene remains in place while police carry-out ongoing investigations – with initial enquiries having reportedly suggested that the victim was on his motorbike when two men, also on a motorbike, approached and discharged a firearm.


GMP says detectives are now “working at pace” to fully establish what happened, and has issued a public appeal to assist with its investigation.

Updating on the situation and giving further insight into the ongoing investigations, Detective Inspector Joanne Johnston from GMP’s Salford district, said: “I would like to reassure the local community that we have increased the number of patrol officers deployed to the area and we are working at pace to understand the full circumstances surrounding this incident.


“If you have any concerns about this incident, please speak to one of our officers in the area who are on hand to support you.

“We would urge the public to come forward if they have any information that could assist our investigation, and if they have any CCTV, doorbell, or dash cam footage, to report it to us directly.

“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the area before, during, or after the incident, who may have seen something. No matter how small the information may seem, it could prove vital.”

Police appeal after teenager left ‘seriously injured’ in firearm incident in Eccles / Credit: GMP

Anyone with any information is urged to contact GMP on 0161 856 1540 quoting log 1758 of 19/3/23.

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You can also report information online at, or through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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