Police officers standing at the attack scene (Screenshot via Reuters video)
A multi-ethnic community in the UK’s Manchester City is facing a fresh trauma caused by a shooting incident during which 10 people, including two teenagers, were injured on Sunday morning.
The city was celebrating its annual Caribbean Carnival a day earlier when the streets were filled with laughter and joy, yet merely hours later, around 02:30 on Sunday morning, gunshots shattered the street party and everything was thrown into chaos.
Manchester, which has just managed to get back on its feet after the arena bombing in May last year, is again on its edge, with many fearing that the shooting might be related to terrorism.
“We were all out there enjoying ourselves, then all of a sudden somebody came, all masked up, and then they just started shooting into the crowd, I believe 10 people have been hurt,” said a local resident.
Local police, who are still talking with witnesses in an effort to identify a suspect who is still at large, said that the firearm used in the shooting is a shotgun. The case has now been treated by the police as an “attempted murder”.
Reflecting the case, a local resident expressed her grave concern over the incident’s fallout.
“I worry about the amount of funds that [are] coming to the community to help young people. I worry about the fact that the councils can do more but choose not to do that. I worry about the fact that people are not preventing situations and that they are coming in, looking for, you know, scapegoats and pointing fingers at young people. They have nowhere to go. They’ve shut down youth clubs, they’ve shut down centers, they’ve shut down support groups,” said the resident. — Reuters