Close by residents have reported listening to a “loud bang” at round 6:40pm, Manchester Night Information reported.
An area informed MEN that the noise made him “jolt upright” as he was unloading his purchasing.
Armed cops arrived on the scene at round 7pm.
An eyewitness additionally stated they noticed a automotive “driving off at pace”, whereas others report “massive armed response” from the police.
A lady informed the MEN: “A automotive was seen driving off at pace. I used to be properly scared. Was simply getting my Friday evening chippy and that occurred.
“It was packed out as you’ll be able to think about when somebody got here in shouting about it then subsequent minute all this commotion. It occurred in a matter of seconds.”
A person stated: “I used to be coming residence from work and noticed an enormous armed response round 6:30. I’ve heard numerous tales. Police have been right here for some time now. There was three small police vehicles, a van and one armed response automotive.”
A number of residents are on the road observing because the investigation is ongoing and the highway stays closed.