Ashton-under-Lyne shooting: Kieran McGrath was 'beautiful prince'

Kieran McGrath Image copyright GMP
Image caption Kieran McGrath died from a single gunshot wound to the chest

A man who died after being found collapsed outside a police station in Greater Manchester has been described as an "amazing son".

Police said Kieran McGrath, 26, drove to Ashton-under-Lyne police station in Manchester Road after being shot in a "targeted attack" on Saturday.

His mother Marie McGrath said her "beautiful prince" "didn't have the heart" to be a gang member.

A 23-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail.

Ms McGrath said: "To my prince, my beautiful prince, they have taken you from me, but never your smile.

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Image caption Kieran McGrath was pronounced dead outside the police station

"No words can explain the devastation I am feeling inside. You were and will always be the most amazing son I could have asked for, a fantastic brother, uncle, nephew and friend.

"You have given us all beautiful memories. Everyone misses you like mad and we are trying to right all the badness that has tried to blacken your name."

"The only gang you are part of is ours, one of love and protection," her statement added.

Police believe he was shot at after leaving the Sheldon Arms pub at about 22:25 BST.

A post-mortem examination showed he died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

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