Abandoned van found with bullet holes in windscreen and door – police dismiss Manchester officers murder link

By Mancunian Matters staff

A traffic altercation almost ended with a man being shot dead in Manchester today, after an angry driver pulled over and discharged a firearm.

Police were called to the junction of Holland Road and Arden Road in Crumpsall at around 1.20pm after an abandoned vehicle was found.

The Iveco van was discovered with bullet holes in the windscreen and door – nobody was injured in the incident and detectives are now investigating the case.

Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson said: “Officers attended and spoke with the driver of the car. He stated that his car had been shot at. It has several holes which are consistent with this.

“The victim has provided us with an initial account which we are acting upon.

“He has so far said that he was involved in an altercation with the occupants of another car, having cut him up at the junction. He says he travelled into the path of a Black BMW motor vehicle.”

The man then got out of the BMW and fired several shots at him and the car sped off. The victim’s car has also been recovered and house to house investigation is on-going.

Chief Superintendent Jackson said there is no suggestion at this time at all to indicate that this incident is connected to yesterday’s tragic events in Tameside.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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