Police hunt two men after shooting at Ashton pub

A crime scene remains in place at the Hare and Hounds Pub in Ashton this morning after a shooting last night.

At just after 8:30pm yesterday [Friday 27 September] three men were stood outside the pub on Kings Road when a blue Audi pulled up outside.

A man then got out of the passenger side of the vehicle holding whats been described as a handgun.

He then fired one shot towards the group, which missed and then went into the pub through a window.

One of the men from the group ran into the pub whilst the other two fled.

The gunman gave chase to the two that had ran, firing more shots as he pursued close to the junction of Rowley Street and Kings Road.

The gunman then got back into the car before being driven off by another man before it drove off in the direction of Rowley Street.

No one was reported injured and the pub remains a crime scene.

Inspector Zoe MacDonald of GMP’s Tameside District said: “This was a shocking incident and it’s only by sheer good fortune that no-one was injured.

“We are treating this as a targeted attack and we do not believe there is any threat to the wider community.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who has information that can assist our enquiries.

“This incident happened on a busy road and we’re confident that drivers in the area may have captured dash-cam footage of the incident taking place, or of the Audi shortly before or after the incident.

“If you were in the area at the time, I’d ask that you review your footage and contact the police if you can help.”

Contact police on 0161 856 9353 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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