Armed Police & local units were called at around 0230 hours to Claremont Street in Moss Side, Manchester after reports of shots being fired.
Police later confirmed that nine victims had “pellet-type wounds that are not believed to be serious”.
There are reports that a 10th victim is in a ‘serious condition’ with leg wounds.
The incident took place at a party that was being held after the first day of the Caribbean Carnival in Alexandra Park.
Chief Supt Wasim Chaudhry, from Greater Manchester Police told the civilian press:
“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.
“That being said, there may be people who didn’t seek treatment last night and I would urge these people to get immediate medical attention if that is the case.”
He said the shooting was “a reckless act that could have had devastating consequences”.
The man in hospital is in a “stable but serious condition in hospital with injuries to his legs”, a GMP spokesperson said.
It is not yet clear whether his injuries were also caused by the pellets, police said.
The Caribbean Carnival, which has been held every summer since 1972, draws tens of thousands of people to the event.
Local residents said that a street party was usually held in Claremont Road after the first day of events.
Residents have said that the event usually is good-natured and many have expressed their shock over what has happened.
Greater Manchester deputy mayor Beverley Hughes told the BBS that the shooting was “very upsetting and it causes a deal of distress and people feel that their reputation is challenged again”.
She added: “I think the carnival, as well as being two days of intense enjoyment for the community, is a really important statement about where that community has come… and so I think for it to be abandoned would be a very unfortunate message.”
GMP have said that high visibility patrols will be undertaken in the area in order to ‘re-assure’ residents over the coming days.
The Carnival has not been cancelled as a result of the shooting.
Police also haven’t publicly revealed whether shots were fired at random or if the incident was being treated as a ‘targeted’ attack.
There are no reports of any arrests having yet been made. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Police on 101 or Crime Stoppers on: 0800 555111
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