Forensic officers at the scene of the shooting (Image: MEN MEDIA)

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A family's home was hit by a gunshot last night as the man who lived there returned from the pub.

Police were called just before 11.30pm on Saturday (June 19) after reports of a firearm being discharged.

Forensics officers checked the area on Sunday morning and focused their investigations on a house with damage to the front door, which police say is consistent with a shooting.

Thankfully, the occupants were unharmed.

A man living at the address in Eccles, Greater Manchester told the Manchester Evening News that the shot hit the door and travelled through towards the back of the house.

He says he was not in the house at the time, but that his mum was.

"We’ve lived here for years and nothing like this has ever happened. It’s just a mad situation.

Police at the scene of the shooting in Anson Street, Eccles
(Image: MEN MEDIA)

"I’m more worried about what the neighbours are thinking, but apart from that I’m alright and my mum is alright."

The Winton Village street is home to a number of families and elderly residents, and residents spoke of their shock at what happened on Saturday night.

Neighbours told the paper they heard the 'bang' of a gunshot – but not all were certain about what had caused it.

One man living close to the scene said: "I thought it was a van pulling up over the road.

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"It was two very quick bangs and it sounded as though it was metal banging on top of the van."

A woman living close to the scene said it was "not nice" to experience so close to her doorstep.

She said: "I just heard it, I didn’t know what noise it was. To me it sounded as though somebody was getting over a side door.

"There seemed to be a bustle of activity. The doorbell went and I shouted 'wait a minute', but they must have got the wrong house.

"I went back to sleep and something woke me up at 4am. I looked out and saw the police walking up and down.

"It’s dreadful. I never thought I would hear and see things going on in this country like that."

Another woman living nearby spoke of her concerns for her own safety and the family involved.

She said: "I just thought it was a car. I’d got out of the shower in the bedroom and heard such a bang.

"I couldn’t sleep because of the police lights. It worries me because I’m on my own but I was worried about them."

Police were called to a house just before 11.30pm on Saturday after reports of a gunshot
(Image: MEN MEDIA)

Residents living across the road from the house said they noticed a motorbike go past at the time of the shooting.

One woman said: "We had been in living room, the TV was off and we were putting the dog to bed.

"We heard a bike speeding past, two shots, and that was it. There were no noises of people.

"It was confusing as to what it was, but it’s clear it was gunshots. About 10 minutes later there were loads of police cars."

Police are continuing their investigation and have urged the public to come forward with any information.