Salford's Paul Massey has been shot dead at his home in Clifton, the Salford Star understands. The incident happened around 8:30pm and the area is currently sealed off by police.
Paul Massey was tagged with the `Mr Big' label but in recent years has been involved in local politics, standing against Ian Stewart for City Mayor in the election of 2012 and polling 2,000 votes. He told the Salford Star at the time that he would stand again "as part of another party or I'll build my own party…I think it's time for a change."
In April, he appeared at a photo shoot, supporting Bez and the We Are The Reality Party as part of this year's General Election campaign... "He got in touch because he wants to run for Mayor again, and I told him about setting up community projects involved with schools, and he liked what I was saying" said Bez.
Tonight's incident follows another shooting in Swinton last Wednesday night at an address on Blantyre Street.
On social media tonight, the news was met with sadness as Salford becomes synonymous with gun crime again...
"Another shooting in Salford makes me so sad and angry...GUNS are for soldiers who fight for our country!" wrote one person... "It's going to go off...bad times" wrote another.
Update: 27th July
Salford and Eccles MP talks of her shock at the death of Paul Massey - click here