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Man Dies Outside Ashton Police Station

Police believe the man may have driven himself to the station after being shot in pub car park

Published on October 6th 2014.

Man Dies Outside Ashton Police Station

A MURDER investigation has been launched after a man died from a gunshot wound in Tameside.

It is reported that McGrath had ties to a victim of police killer, Dale Cregan.

At around 10.25pm on Saturday 4 October, Kieran McGrath, 26, was found slumped outside Ashton police station on Manchester Road, he'd been shot.

Officers and paramedics tried to resuscitate him but he died within minutes of arrival.

Police believe McGrath had been targeted in a shooting outside the Sheldon Arms Pub on Lord Sheldon Way at around 10.20pm.

It is reported that McGrath had ties to a victim of police killer, Dale Cregan.

Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson said:

"We are very much in the early stages of the investigation however, with what we know now it does seem pretty clear to have been a targeted attack. 

“What we do know so far is this. 

“Kieran had been inside the Sheldon Arms Pub with friends. At around 10:20pm he walked out of the main entrance of the pub and onto the car park before walking to a white Audi A3. 

“Almost immediately after leaving the pub we believe several shots were fired in his direction and we believe at least one hit him. 

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“Kieran, despite his injuries, managed to drive himself to the police station on Manchester Road where he was found collapsed on the floor by police officers. Officers and paramedics attempted to revive him but unfortunately he was pronounced dead within minutes.

“A post mortem is currently on going and it is only once we have the results, we will we be able to determine how he died but it does appear that he has sustained a gunshot wound.

"We don't know how long the attacker or attackers were there or how they got away, it may have been in a car or on a motorbike and we would ask people to think especially about this. Did you see a speeding car or motorbike? Did you see one parked up looking like it had been abandoned? 

“Can I ask anyone who may have been in the Lord Sheldon pub that night or in the car park and may have witnessed what happened, to contact police as soon as possible. 

“We are beginning to understand the events that unfolded last night and naturally we have increased police patrolling in the area. I know people will remember the very tragic events in Manchester and Tameside in recent years and inevitably people will ask if there is a connection. For clarity at this time, we have nothing at all to suggest this is connected but we will of course be keeping an open mind. 

“Kieran was a local man with lots of friends and I ask if any of them know what led to this horrible attack, to come and tell us. We are keeping a really open mind as to why this happened but we also have to bear in mind that Kieran has had fall outs with people over the past year. We really need to understand the full details of these so that we can understand any potential motive. 

“Attacks like this shock us all. Police and local people need to work together to bring those responsible to justice and stop violence like this happening on our streets. If you know anything please contact us on 0161 856 4711. 

“We can offer reassurance that information given in confidence will be treated very carefully and people can also contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.” 

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