Man injured in suspected firearm discharge in Brierfield

Detectives are continuing to investigate after a man was injured in a suspected firearm discharge in Brierfield.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 3:59 pm
Detectives are continuing to investigate after a man was injured in a suspected firearm discharge in Brierfield

Police were called at around 7.10pm yesterday evening (Wednesday, March 10) to the report of an altercation and a weapon being discharged on Humphrey Street, Brierfield.

The victim, an 18-year-old man, suffered facial injuries and remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Officers are in the early stages of their enquiries and are keen to trace any witnesses.

They are appealing for anyone who saw what happened or who has any dashcam or CCTV to get in touch.

Police believe the discharge of the firearm followed an altercation on the street and may be linked to an incident a short earlier at the nearby Morrisons Daily store on Colne Road.

Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Whitehead said: “This is an extremely serious incident and the victim is very lucky to have survived the attack.

“We have a team of officers and staff who are investigating the incident in a bid to identify and trace those responsible.

“We appreciate that this incident will understandably have caused some concern in the community and so I would like to reassure people that we have stepped up patrols in the area. Please approach an officer if you have any information or concerns.

“Similarly, if you saw or know anything about what happened, please contact us as soon as possible.”

You can call us on 101 quoting incident reference 1289 of March 10th. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.