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Teen boxer, 18, dies after being shot in Bury street as ‘gang of 20 youths fled scene’

A TEENAGE boxer has died after being shot in the street in Bury with 20 youths seen fleeing the scene.

Cole Kershaw, 18, was rushed to hospital but died a short time after being gunned down in the Lancashire town.

Police were called shortly after 9.35pm on Wednesday evening to reports of shots fired in Chesham Road.

Residents living on the street described scenes of chaos with around “20 kids” on the street before the shooting at around 9.35pm.

No arrests have been made as police launched a murder investigation.

Cops don’t believe it was a random attack and urged anyone with information to come forward.

 The boxing gym where Cole trained has paid tribute to the teen.

Brick City Boxing Gym posted on Facebook: “Last night we lost one of our own, we are truly lost for words and we cannot comprehend why or how it has happened.

“You weren’t just King Cole Kershaw you were part of the BrickCity family, always in with a cheeky smile and always gave 1000% effort and you were a true inspiration to watch.

“Your Dad sat and watched every session and was unbelievably proud of you every time you trained.

“Part of our BrickCity family has gone but you will never be forgotten.”

Cole’s friend, Kyle Hill, added: “He was a top top kid, had massive potential to make it far in boxing.

“Always had a good laugh with him in school and the boxing gym, he truly was one of the good guys that you come across in life

Police say Cole’s family has been informed as local residents recalled last night’s horrifying scenes.

Katie Hulme, 25, said: “I was stood out last night, a car was lurking and a lot of people got out.

“Then they got back in the car and came back around and turned up further up the street.

“A girl came running down shouting he’s been shot then about 20 kids came running down.”

They tried to kick my door in but couldn’t get through, luckily it held

Pensioner Nigel Bennett, 69, who has lived on the street for 47 years, revealed his door was kicked in during the incident and he tried to ring the police before the shooting.

He said: “A woman was getting attacked further up the street, her husband came running after them topless.

“One of them started to kick my door in. I tried phoning 999 but I couldn’t get through.

“They tried to kick my door in but couldn’t get through, luckily it held.”  

A police cordon was erected and a large number of officers will remain in the area.

Chief Superintendent Stuart Ellison confirmed a number of people were in the area at the time of the shooting.

He said: “We believe these people have vital information which will assist us and I urge them to pass that on to Greater Manchester Police or Crimestoppers, anonymously, immediately.

“I also encourage anyone else with information to contact us.

“I would like to offer some reassurance by saying that we do not currently believe that this was a random attack.

We do not currently believe that this was a random attack

“However, extra officers will be patrolling the surrounding area in the days to come so anyone with concerns can speak to them directly.”

The shooting comes two days after an 11-year-old girl was killed when she was hit by a car while crossing the road in Bury.

Ruby Cropper was walking with a friend on New Road at about 4.30pm on Monday when she was in a collision with a blue Suzuki Alto, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said.

Police said the driver left the scene but a 35-year-old man contacted police a short time later and was arrested, before being released on bail pending further enquiries.

Ruby was taken to hospital where she died on Wednesday.

“Ruby’s legacy will live on and we have taken great comfort in this.

In a statement released by police, Ruby’s mother and two fathers said: “As Ruby was such a kind and caring person and always helped others she has continued to do this in organ donation.

“Our family would urge anyone in these tragic circumstances to follow in Ruby’s footsteps and be an organ donor.

“We are all absolutely devastated and a part of us has died today too. Our lives will never be the same again.”

Anyone with any information about the shooting should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 3452 of August 12.

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