Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Car Pulled Up, I Heard a Pop, Then I Felt a Burning Sensation in My Torso

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Car Pulled Up, I Heard a Pop, Then I Felt a Burning Sensation in My Torso

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A FATHER who was shot after nipping out to buy a carton of milk was a victim of mistake identity, Dale Brierley, 34, was blasted in the chest near his home in Salford.

Now a family-of-three - a man, his mother and stepfather - have been jailed for more than 30 years after the attack which followed months of tit-for-tat violence in the city.

Mr Brierley, a father of six, spent three days fighting for his life in intensive care and now lives with constant pain because of his injuries.

Speaking out for the first time, Mr Brierley says he is determined to ensure he wasn't wrongly identified as being involved in gangs.

He told the M.E.N.: "I've never had anything to do with gangs, not any of my family. I had just gone out to get some milk from the local shop.

"A big car pulled up, I heard a pop, then felt a burning sensation in my torso and realised I had been shot.

"There were kids playing in the street at the time. They started screaming, and could easily have been hit too.

There playing in at the time. easily hit Dale "It was a case of mistaken identity. A neighbour came out and pulled me into a house. I managed to remain conscious but lost three litres of blood.

"I had emergency surgery at Manchester Royal Infirmary. I was hit with one bullet but it caused multiple organ damage. It hit my kidney, and liver, and missed my heart by half an inch. It went through my torso into my left arm.

"The surgeon said I was very, very lucky. They were amazed at how quickly I recovered.

"I was in intensive care for 72 hours, when it was touch and go, then a high dependency unit for nine days.

"I was in hospital for four weeks in total."

Mr Brierley said: "I and my family have never had anything to do with gangs.

"It was awful for us because rumours were being put about that I must be a gangster - but that is completely untrue. I am not a gangster and I want the truth to be told."

The attack happened in Mill Hill, Little Hulton, on June 4 last year. But more than 12 months on Mr Brierley is still taking 28 tablets a day, including strong painkillers.

He said: "I am also having counselling. I keep having nightmares - it's the same every time - I hear a gunshot and wake up sweating. …

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