Wednesday 19 September, 2018

Two children among 10 shot in Manchester, England

Forensic officers at the scene in the Moss Side area of Manchester, England, where several people have been injured after a shooting, early Sunday Aug. 12, 2018. Police in Manchester say 10 people have been hospitalized as the result of a shooting after a Caribbean carnival in the city. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

Forensic officers at the scene in the Moss Side area of Manchester, England, where several people have been injured after a shooting, early Sunday Aug. 12, 2018. Police in Manchester say 10 people have been hospitalized as the result of a shooting after a Caribbean carnival in the city. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

Ten people, including two children, were injured early Sunday morning when shots were fired after a Caribbean carnival in the northern English city of Manchester.

Greater Manchester police said one man is in stable but serious condition at a local hospital with injuries to his legs. The other nine people are being treated for pellet-type wounds suffered in the shooting, which was reported at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The police did not say what type of weapon was used.'

"Thankfully the injuries suffered do not appear to be as serious as first believed, and hopefully people will begin to leave hospital over the course of the day following treatment," Chief Superintendent Wasim Chaudhry said in a statement, urging anyone else who may be injured to seek treatment. "This was a reckless act that could have had devastating consequences with families and friends losing loved ones."

The shooting comes amid a spike in gun and knife crime in Britain that has sparked calls for government action in a country where firearms are strictly controlled.