Car wash shooting - We’re not part of gang feud

The car wash, in Bolton Road, Ashton, where there was a shooting
The car wash, in Bolton Road, Ashton, where there was a shooting
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THE car wash where a man was shot earlier this week has reopened for business, with bosses reiterating to the public they had nothing to do with the terrifying incident.

Police sealed off the area around Express Hot Hand Car Wash on Bolton Road, Ashton, on Monday evening after a gun attack that left a man seriously injured in hospital.

Police swarm at the scene shortly after the shooting

Police swarm at the scene shortly after the shooting

A press conference at police headquarters the following day revealed that the shooting has been linked with a grenade attack in Salford and two other attacks in the city in the last fortnight.

Police also revealed that the Ashton victim was a customer and had nothing to do with the car wash.

It’s believed that he was the target in retaliation for the hand grenade attack earlier that day.

During the time that the road was sealed off and with information unclear, many rumours started to circulate surrounding the origins of the feud that sparked the attack.

Just to let people know the car wash is back open as normal. The incident yesterday was unfortunate but it had nothing to do with this business its owner or its staff. It was a customer who was targeted and injured. We had nothing to do with it and would appreciate it if people would stop spreading nasty rumours

Shakhwan Hawleri

And, after police and forensic experts left the scene on Tuesday, the car wash re-opened.

Bosses have been quick to speak out, insisting it was “business as usual”.

Shakhwan Hawleri posted on the Ashton-in-Makerfield buy, sell or swap page on Facebook to clear matters up.

He said: “Just to let people know the car wash is back open as normal. The incident yesterday was unfortunate but it had nothing to do with this business its owner or its staff. It was a customer who was targeted and injured. We had nothing to do with it and would appreciate it if people would stop spreading nasty rumours.”

Later that night a man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder for the Ashton shooting.

Chief Supt Mary Doyle said: “The victim was a customer of the car wash but he was targeted not because of anything to do with the car wash.

“It is important to stress that this is a Salford feud.

“Wigan being caught up in this was an accident of geography.

“The people of Wigan should not be concerned in terms of them having a gang feud going on in their borough. It is linked to Salford.

“(The victim) has been really lucky, we could be here today having a very different conversation in terms of how he is.”