Two cars were hit when a gunman opened fire during a dispute in a quiet residential street.

The vehicles are owned by innocent neighbours of the man believed to be the target of the violence.

It is thought two to four shots were fired from a handgun in the attack at around 10.25pm on Thursday last week in Battenburg Road, Halliwell, Bolton.

Bullets struck a black Vauxhall Corsa and a red Kia. No one was hurt. Both vehicles were removed from the street by police for forensic examination.

Officers from a police Tactical Aid Unit sweep the street looking for evidence.

Now police have issued an urgent appeal for CCTV footage in a bid to identify the gunman and the men he was with.

Witnesses said a group of young men approached the home of one resident who came out to speak to them during an argument.

A red Kia hit by a gunman is loaded into a recovery van by police after a shooting in Battenburg Road, Bolton. The car, and a Vauxhall Corsa that was also hit are owned by innocent neighbours.

One witness told the Manchester Evening News: "A group of guys smashed a man's car up and he went out to confront them. There were people shooting everywhere - bullets hitting the wall and houses."

Police said so far there have been no arrests and no firearm recovered but added they were "following different lines of enquries."

It is still not clear what the dispute was about but it is not being linked to any previous shooting or violence.

But detectives are trying to locate footage of the group of four or five men involved in the attack.

A GMP spokesperson said: "If you were in the area between the hours of 9pm -10.30pm on Thursday 26 March 2020 and saw anything unusual or suspicious please contact our officers as soon as possible.

"Anyone with any dashcam or CCTV footage of the incident should contact police on 0161 856 5757 quoting log 2733 of 26/03/20.

Battenburg Road in Halliwell is closed from the junction with Chorley Old Road to Oxford Grove

Information can also be passed to the independent charity - Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Halliwell councillor Linda Thomas said she was shocked that the "frightening" incident could have happened in Bolton.

A black Vauxhall Corsa hit by gunman in Battenburg Road, Bolton, is loaded into a van for forensic examination.Picture by Phil Taylor

She added: "It's obviously very distressing and at this moment in time when we've got a national crisis you hope that everybody was following the rules.

"For people to be going out and doing something like this is extremely worrying. It's especially worrying to think that it's happening now when emergency services are under so much pressure.

"Maybe they think because of the lockdown that they won't get caught."