On a sunny Friday afternoon, dog walkers enjoy the fresh air and children play in the Danville Park area. sell out.
But, not even 24 hours ago, I was in the park The center of a traumatic event Where three young men were shot.
At around 6.15pm on Thursday evening (July 1), a gunman pulled out of a blue Nissan Qashqai and fired shots at Play Park – all while the children were playing nearby.
After at least two shots, the gunman got back into the car and left the scene.
Surprisingly, no injuries were reported during the incident.
The park was reopened to the public on Friday morning, but police cordoned off the area until half past midnight.
By then, families with dog walks and small children began returning to the park to play basketball in the midday sun and enjoy the open space.
One person even rides an electric skateboard around each other’s amusements in the park.
But there is still betrayal in the air.
“We live nearby and it’s a really nice park,” said one resident, who declined to be named.
“It’s just amazing to hear that this has happened with honesty.
“It bothers you a little bit.”
Another resident, who did not want to be named, was visiting the park with his young child and said that despite the recent incident, he considered it necessary to visit the park.
He said: “We were a little worried about coming here but, at the same time, I don’t know if it’s healthy to stay at home and hide, you know?
“But we decided to drop out before school ended and more kids will come.”
Another, who was walking his dog, said the same thing: “When I saw the police cordoning off, I thought it would be better to come out now than to go out in the dark.
“We find some kids who walk in the park but most of them are generally well behaved and we don’t have a lot of trouble with them. It’s usually quiet here.
A resident who has lived in the area for four years said his neighbor has been worried since the incident.
He explained: “My neighbor, with whom I walk, happened to be in the park with his daughter ten minutes earlier.
“Now she refuses to go back to the park with her little girl.”
Talking to MEN this morning, some residents said they have seen an increase in crime in the area.
Residents say one of the targeted youths was recently released from prison and was “in trouble”.
He said crime has risen in the state, which is locally known as the “Rescue State”.
One resident said earlier: “Children can go there and it’s safe. So far.
“It’s really getting silly around here now.”
Greater Manchester Police say an investigation is under way and no arrests have been made.
Helen Bagnal, Detective Inspector of the GMP’s Trafford Division, said: “The day the incident took place in a public place is a matter of great concern and we would like to assure the public that they will see more police in the area Our inquiry is ongoing.
“We are aware of the ongoing barriers in the area and have recently stepped up patrols as we work with partner agencies to address these ongoing challenges. Community safety is our top priority and we are policing in the area. Engage with residents to focus on.
“We have launched a full investigation into the incident and our detectives are working hard to find those responsible. If anyone has the information, no matter how trivial it may be, it could be our success.” Yes, so please get in touch. ”
Anyone with information has been asked to contact the police on 0161 856 7544 regarding the incident 2483 of 01/07/21.
Reports can also be made through our online live web chat function www.gmp.police.uk.
Alternatively, details can be sent anonymously on 0800 555 111 via the charity Charity Stoppers.