A house in Manchester was blasted at with gunfire as children were inside eating their Christmas dinner.
Police have now launched a full investigation after shots were fired on two separate occasions at the property in Moston on Christmas day.
Two adults in their 50s and two teenagers, aged 17 and 14, were inside the house when it was first targeted at 1 am, police said.
A young child and two other adults, aged 40 and 35, were also present having their Christmas dinner during the second shooting.
As the bullets flew into the brickwork and windows of the house, the children had to take cover under the dining table, fearing for their life.
Greater Manchester Police’s Inspector Stuart Woodhead said: ‘This was an extremely frightening and shocking incident for all involved, who at the time of the second discharge, was trying to enjoy a Christmas dinner together.
‘I would like to reassure the community that we are treating these discharges very seriously and are doing all that we can to protect residents and investigate this incident. ‘Additional high-visibility police patrols will be present in the coming days to ensure the safety of those in the area. ‘We are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed either of these firearms discharges or has any information at all to please come forward and speak to police as a matter of urgency. ‘Any information, no matter how small it may be, could prove vital in helping us to complete our inquiries.’
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