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27 May 2012, 10:07
Detectives investigating the murder of a man at a pub in Droylsden have arrested four people.
Just before midnight on Friday, a gunman, wearing a balaclava, walked into the Cotton Tree Inn on Market Street and fired at a group of men.
23 year old Mark Short, from Clayton, was shot dead.
Two men, aged 25 and 26, suffered gunshot wounds to their leg and a 29 year old man suffered a gunshot wound to his lower back.
They remain in hospital, but their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
It’s thought the gunman walked into the pub, where a private party was taking place, and fired shots at Mr. Short, who was believed to be standing with his brother and a few friends.
A post mortem says Mark Short died from a gunshot wound to the neck.
A 34 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. A 52 year old woman has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and possessing a class A drugs and two other men, aged 21 and 18 have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Detective Chief Inspector Denise Worth, of the Major Incident Team, said: “Mark was a young man who was tragically shot dead while in a pub with family and friends and our thoughts are with his loved ones who have, understandably, been left devastated.
“We remain in the very early stages of our investigation and I continue to appeal to anyone with information about the gunman, his accomplices or conspirators to contact us in absolute confidence.
“There continue to be extra police officers in the area so if anyone wants to provide information about this or has any concerns please come and talk to us.”