Man shot in head at cash machine

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A man was shot in the head as he used a cash machine, police said today.

The 30-year-old was withdrawing money from a Tesco Express in Manchester when he was shot with an air rifle from a nearby apartment block.

The victim was taken from the scene on Upper Chorlton Road to hospital where he required surgery to remove a pellet from the back of his head.

The attack happened at about 11pm on Sunday and today a Greater Manchester Police spokesman said a 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He has been bailed to March 2 pending further inquiries.

An air weapon was also seized from a flat.

Detective Constable Matt Smith, of Longsight CID, said: "The consequences of firing a gun, whether an air weapon or not, cannot be underestimated.

"Weapons such as that used in this incident have proved fatal in the past and although the victim was seriously injured, the consequences could have been far worse.

"I am pleased we were able to make a quick arrest and recover a weapon. However, I would urge anyone who may have been in the area and who may have witnessed what happened to call me."

Anyone with any information is asked to call Longsight CID on 0161 856 1376, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.