Kieran McGrath shooting: Victim's mother appeals

Marie McGrath
Image caption Marie McGrath (centre) appeals for the public's help to find out who killed her son

A mother has appealed for information about the "cowards" who fatally shot her son outside a Greater Manchester pub earlier this month.

Kieran McGrath, 26, managed to drive to the nearby Ashton-under-Lyne police station but died soon afterwards.

His mother, Marie McGrath, said: "He did not deserve to die. Somebody out there knows something. Please come forward so we can get justice."

Police said after Mr McGrath's death on 4 October that he was known to them.

Detectives said he was shot in a "targeted attack" by two men on a motorbike after he left the Sheldon Arms pub and that he drove to the police station on Manchester Road nearby.

Paramedics tried to revive Mr McGrath, from Clayton, but he was pronounced dead soon afterwards.

Two men, aged 23 and 30, have been arrested in connection with his death and have been bailed until 4 November and 9 November respectively.

In an interview on Wednesday, Mrs McGrath denied any suggestions that her son had been involved with gangs.

And she said of his killers: "They're just cowards, full stop. Somebody knows and they just need to come forward - they don't have to give their name.

"They just have to clear their conscience because guilt will get to them in the end."

Shortly after Mr McGrath's death, Det Ch Supt Russ Jackson, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "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."

He urged anyone with information to get in touch with police.

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