A gunman fired two shots in a bungled 'hit' at a marina.

The shooter arrived in a black Astra and aimed at a group of men on a bridge over the Bridgewater Canal in Boothstown, Salford.

He then got back into the vehicle and escaped.

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The location, next to The Moorings pub, overlooks a basin filled with barges and boats and the towpaths are popular with walkers.

The attack was seen by numerous witnesses but GMP confirmed that the targets of the shooting have yet to come forward and they have appealed to them to do so.

It happened at 6.25pm on Thursday last week just off Booths Hall Way - a horseshoe-shaped road which runs through a densely populated residential estate.

The pub was closed in the immediate aftermath of the shooting and the road cordoned off.

The scene of the attack is about a mile down the canal from the edge of the newly opened RHS Bridgewater gardens.

Councillor Robin Garrido, who until recently was a Boothstown councillor and now represents Worsley, said: "The police have got to get a grip on this. I know they have had success in controlling gun crime recently in Salford but it seems to be starting again.

"The City Mayor describes Salford as a modern city, with a booming economy, but nothing is more important than community safety and I think he needs to pull his finger out and have talks with the police to make sure this is again brought under control. People will be leaving the city if this is not tackled.

"I am not criticising the police. The new Chief Constable seems to be determined to improve things but this incident is a bit frightening and could have ended so much worse. It is a spot popular with many people - near the pub and the marina."

In February 2020 City Mayor Paul Dennett called for extra resources to tackle the gunmen who are tarnishing Salford's reputation.

He spoke after the 23rd shooting in 13 months.

Mr Dennett told the Manchester Evening News at the time: "It is shocking what is going on in the city at the moment. We desperately need to tackle what has been going on for many years and crackdown on the criminals in the city. It is scandalous what is going on.

"It is really saddening and frustrating. We are doing amazing things in Salford... the economy is growing, we are bringing jobs into the city, we are trying to work with communities."

Police said the black Astra thought to be involved in the Boothstown shooting is still outstanding and CCTV is being checked in a bid to track the route taken to and from the location by the gunman.

Police at the scene on Booths Hall Way in Salford.

There have been no arrests and police say it remains unclear what the motive for the attack was.

Detective Supt Chris Packer said: ""There were many people in the area who we have already been given important information from, and it is vital that the public continue to assist us by providing details in confidence to police or Crimestoppers anonymously.

"We have demonstrated our endeavour to drive down gun crime in the area and this will not relent, and I would like to reassure communities, while there is no direct threat to them, we will do all we can to make their streets a safer place."

The shooting was one of three in Salford and north Manchester over three days last week.

The towpath next the Bridgewater Canal at Worsley

In the first, in Cheetham Hill, at about 8pm on Tuesday in Dinnington Drive, a 30-year-old man was shot in the leg.

And, at 11pm on Wednesday two shots were fired into windows of a house in Great Cheetham Street West in Higher Broughton while adults were at home.

It is not believed the three incidents are linked.

There was a huge police turnout after the shooting on a bridge over the Bridgewater Canal in Boothstown, Salford.

Police also believe the shootings are not associated with a long-running three-way feud involving two Cheetham Hill crime gangs and a third from Salford which is being investigated by GMP's Operation Haemus.

No arrests have been made for any of the three incidents.

The attacks come despite a sustained effort by GMP to diffuse a gun war which straddled both areas.

Firearms discharges in the region have reduced from 85 to 71 during the last 12 months - equating to 16 percent.

One of the most significant district decreases was in Salford (-40 percent) stemming from Operation Naseby launched over a year ago to target crime gangs in the city.

Anyone with information or concerns about the latest Salford incidents should call GMP Salford's Swinton CID on 0161 856 4532.