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Family's tribute to shooting victim

The family of a father-of-one gunned down in a pub have paid tribute to a "young man with a big heart".

Relatives of 23-year-old Mark Short, who was shot in a Greater Manchester pub by a lone gunman on Friday, also branded his killers "cowards".

Three other men were also injured when a masked man opened fire on a group of people stood around a pool table in the Cotton Tree pub in Market Street, Droylsden. The shooting happened shortly before 11.50pm on Friday.

In a tribute issued through Greater Manchester Police, Mr Short's family, said: "On May 25 we lost our son Mark. He was a loving son, brother, father and boyfriend to Naomi. Mark was taken away from us by cowards.

"People who knew Mark, knew him as a young man with a big heart. He would not think twice about helping his family and friends when they were in need.

"He is not the young man the papers are portraying him as. He was no angel and it is not a secret he had been in trouble with the police, but that was all in the past.

"Mark was only 23 years old and looking forward to a future with his son, Mark Junior. This has now all been taken away from him.

"He will be deeply missed by all of his family and friends: the only ones that knew him the most."

Police said a 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. A 52-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and possessing class A drugs while two other men, aged 21 and 18, have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Detective Chief Inspector Denise Worth, of GMP's Major Incident Team, said: "We remain in the very early stages of our investigation and I continue to appeal to anyone with information about the gunman, his accomplices or conspirators to contact us in absolute confidence."


From Belfast Telegraph