Moment mourners flee in terror after gunshots fired at ‘Mr Ibiza’ funeral as cops let hundreds to gather during lockdown – The Sun
THIS is the dramatic moment mourners ran for their lives after a gunman opened fire at a funeral for a Manchester gangster dubbed "Mr Ibiza".
Footage shows dozens of people running for cover as three shots rang out following the funeral of criminal Clive Pinnock.
One man could be seen attempting to flee the horror at Gorton cemetery, Manchester, on Thursday.
Hundreds of his family and friends breached social distancing rules to pay tribute to the 38-year-old who died earlier this month after being knocked off his motorbike.
But as they drank lager and listened to house music through a PA system, a man armed with a gun sneaked into the cemetery and shot at the crowd, which included young children.
An onlooker said: “It was terrifying. Everyone was playing their respects to Clive and having a drink and remembering old times while some music played.
"Then there was a popping sound and people started running. It took a few seconds to realise it was gunfire and then everyone started running and trying to find cover behind gravestones and in cars.”
The suspected gunman, 34, was later arrested after armed cops raced to the scene and found him with stab wounds to his face.
He has now been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. GMP has been criticised for failing to clampdown on the gathering, which breached coronavirus lockdown rules.
But cops have said they allowed hundreds of people to gather at the cemetery because it was "clear that the emotions of those at the gathering were high".
Superintendent Rebecca Boyce from Greater Manchester Police said: "In the lead up to the funeral, officers engaged with the immediate family of the man who had sadly lost his life to explain the government guidelines and to discuss details of their plans.
"A careful assessment was then made about the policing approach to any gatherings associated with the funeral. Our overriding priority was to ensure that the wider public were kept safe.
"We continued to closely monitor the situation and as it progressed it was clear that the emotions of those at the gathering were high and therefore a decision was made, in the interests of public safety, not to intervene unless the wider public were put at risk by the groups."
An investigation has been launched into Clive's death and a 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.
The Manchester godfather was known as Mr Ibiza due to his links on the party island's club scene and in the city.
Pinnock was jailed for 11 years in 2015 for stabbing two men.
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