A burning vehicle found a mile away from a shooting may have been the gunman's getaway car, police believe.

The upstairs and downstairs of a semi-detached house on Henry Street, Leigh, were blasted just before 8pm on Wednesday.

A Vauxhall car parked outside the property was peppered with bullets.

Now Greater Manchester Police believe a car found torched a mile away could have been used by the shooter. The burnt-out car - a grey Volkswagen T-Roc - had been stolen from Liverpool.

One neighbour told the M.E.N: "I was watching TV and heard three or four pops. I went to the window and saw someone runningaway. There was a car parked outside. A man got in and it sped off."

A short time after the shooting a car was found on fire.

Police are trying to establish if the attack is linked to a spate of shootings in Salford which has seen 22 shootings in the last 12 months.

Three shootings in Wigan last year are thought to be linked to the Salford shootings as well as a doorstep gun attack on a middle aged couple in Crumpsall, Manchester.

In a statement GMP said: "Police are appealing for information after a firearms discharge in Wigan. 

Police remained at the scene in Henry Street, Leigh, on Thursday morning

"Shortly before 8pm on Wednesday 22 January 2020, officers were called by firefighters to reports of a car fire on Henry Street, Leigh.

"Officers  attended and found evidence of firearms discharges targeting the vehicle and a nearby property.

"A short time later, police were called by firefighters to reports of a car fire on Broadwell Drive, Leigh.

"Officers attended and found a stolen vehicle. Enquiries are ongoing to establish if the incidents are linked.

"No injuries have been reported. No arrests have been made. An investigation is underway."

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Detective Inspector Phil Housley, of GMP’s Wigan division, said: “Enquiries are continuing and we believe members of the public in the Pennington area, in particular Henry Street and Broadwell Drive areas might have information which could assist us - I’d appeal to them to contact us.

“Incidents of this kind understandably cause concern but I would like to reassure the wider community that we believe this was a targeted attack and have no reason to believe they are at risk.

“Incidents involving firearms are treated with the utmost seriousness so a team of dedicated officers are investigating and I can assure members of the public that we are committed to bringing those responsible for this dangerous behaviour to justice.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 7042 quoting 2823 or 2815 of 22/01/2020.

Alternatively, the independent charity – Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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