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PremierLeague-News.Com - "You get used to noises. I didn’t go out to see it what it was, I just thought it was a bang."
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Residents living close to where a shooting took place in Oldham last night say they heard a 'bang' - and thought little of it. Greater Manchester Police has launched an investigation after shots were fired at the Texaco garage on Hollins Road, Hollinwood, at around 11.20pm on Thursday (May 14). Neighbours told the Manchester Evening News that they heard the sound of the gun but assumed it was a car backfiring or a firework. But many were woken by a helicopter flying low in the area at around 1am, believed to be police searching the scene, and the sight of a police cordon this morning made them realise something more serious had happened. Chris Moran, 63, lives close to the Texaco garage. Read More Related Articles "I've stabbed someone": The chilling 999 call made as devoted dad lay dying in his flat Read More Related Articles Latest Greater Manchester infection rates for every borough as cases continue to soar in Bolton He said: "I heard two bangs and it sounded like a car shot off. It was like a ‘bang boom’ then wheels screeching. "I thought it might have sounded like a gun, but there’s a car that goes round that backfires and I thought it was that. "My wife said she heard a helicopter flying low, and I looked out of the window and saw police about. That's when I realised it wasn't just a car." Greater Manchester Police believes two men approached a stolen silver Skoda car which was parked at Texaco at around 11.20pm. Shots were fired, and the men fled the scene, before the five Skoda occupants also abandoned the vehicle - only to return to retrieve it later in the night. A detective looks around the pumps on the forecourt (Image: Joel Goodman) Along with many of her neighbours, 71-year-old Margaret Purkhardt was unmoved by the initial bang nearby. She said “I heard something like a firework in the evening when I was watching TV - I thought someone must have been setting off fireworks. "Then about 1am I heard the police helicopter above. It was so loud I thought it was flying right over my head. "It was only when my partner came round earlier and asked what was going on that I knew something had happened.” One resident living opposite the garage, who wished to remain anonymous, also assumed it was a firework that had caused the noise. Officers were in attendance on Hollins Road throughout the morning (Image: Joel Goodman) And with Hollins Road being such a busy street for traffic, he didn't look out of the window to see what it was. He said: “It was about 11.30, I heard an all-out crack. "I thought it was a firework, possibly for Eid celebrations, but then I found out this morning what had happened. “You get used to noises.
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." Residents told the M.E.N. they had not seen an incident like this before in their neighbourhood.
A cordon was in place around the garage
(Image: Joel Goodman)
Derek Ellis, 74, said he had not known anything like it in the 50-plus years he had lived in the area. Another resident, who had lived in the area for 20 years, said: "Between 11pm and 11.15pm I heard loud bangs that sounded similar to a car backfiring. "I've never heard gunfire before here. There have been incidents like break-ins or drugs, but nothing like that." Throughout the morning, concerned neighbours chatted to each other and the GMP officers on patrol about what had happened on Thursday night. The area has a tight-knit community, and a café worker on Hollins Road said she was concerned about the impact the incident could have, particularly on older residents.
Police believe shots were fired at a stolen Skoda parked on the forecourt
(Image: Joel Goodman)
She said: "When the owner came in this morning it was already like this - with the police presence and everything like that. "There have been a lot of whispers about what has happened and it is a bit unsettling." Police are continuing their enquiries into the shooting and are asking any members of the public with information to come forward. A GMP spokesperson said: "Police were called to reports of gunshots at Hollins Road, Oldham, at about 11.20pm on Thursday, May 14. "It is believed two men approached a silver Skoda parked in the Texaco garage and shots were fired. The two men then fled the scene.
"The five occupants of the car also fled on foot, returning a short time later to retrieve the vehicle, believed to be stolen. "Enquiries are ongoing." Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact GMP Oldham CID by calling 0161 856 8962, quoting incident number 3390 of May 13, 2021. Alternatively, contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or make a report online at gmp.police.uk
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