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The horrifying moment the father was shot to death in broad daylight as little girls in princess dresses played

CCTV footage HORRIFYING captures the moment two little girls in princess dresses run down a street after their father was shot dead in broad daylight.

Children were playing on Birch Street, in Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, when Luke Graham was shot in the open.

Two little girls were playing on the street in princess dresses before the incident

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Two little girls were playing on the street in princess dresses before the incidentCredit: BBC / GMP
Callum Halpin wanted in connection with murder

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Callum Halpin wanted in connection with murderCredit: SWNS

Both girls used to play happily together in June 2018 before witnessing a horrific shooting in a gangster.

Father-of-two Graham, 31, was ambushed and killed by three men in Balaclavas as part of the ongoing drug war.

He was shot in the shoulder by the gunman and died instantly while in the passenger seat of a truck.

Graham, known as ‘Tank’, and Anton Verigotta were lured to this address with the belief that they were carrying out a drug deal around 4:50pm.

But after approaching the address, the gunman chased the pair back to their car, mortally wounded graham and shot Verigotta in the leg.

Five men have been jailed for his murder, but 27-year-old Callum Halpin is still wanted in connection with the Grahams murders and the attempted murder of Verigotta after fleeing the UK.

The NCA yesterday designated Halpin as one of the The 12 most wanted people in the UK, for his part in the gangland murders.

According to police, Halpin has connections to both Spain and Turkey, but the last known address in the UK was in Openshaw, Manchester.

The turf wars flared up after Graham began devaluing older gangs after serving his prison term.

Detective Chief Inspector Liz Hopkinson previously told the Manchester Evening News that Graham and his associates “stomped on” an organized crime group.

“They’re not an organized crime group – they’re an unspecified number, actually,” she said.

“We first learned about it when the murder happened.”

Hours after the murders, Greater Manchester Police filed a wanted appeal against Wade Cox, and he was jailed for 36 years for the murder.

Jack West, Connor Cornforth and Ben Dodd were found guilty of aiding an offender in connection with the murder.

It is alleged that Halpin was involved in the shooting of Graham

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It is alleged that Halpin was involved in the shooting of GrahamCredit: BBC / GMP
Luke Graham, known as'The Tank', was shot down in broad daylight

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Luke Graham, known as ‘The Tank’, was shot down in broad daylightCredit: MEN Media

West was jailed for 42 months, Cornforth received 37 months and Dodd was sentenced to 30 months.

Jordan Atkinson was found guilty of encouraging or abetting a prosecuteable offense and jailed for eight years.

CCTV footage of the incident was shown in the BBC documentary Detectives: Fighting Organized Crime.

It shows Verigotta leaving the truck while Graham waits for him to return, and approaching an estate on the street.

A gunman dressed in all black, masked with a towel, walked out of the address and shot inside the vehicle.

The gunman then crossed the street when he fired at Verigotta, before returning to the truck and firing a single shot at the driver.

He then turns back to the passenger side, at which point Luke Graham can be seen darting out of the car – severely injured.

Three men dressed in black can then be seen getting into an Audi A4 before accelerating.

DCI Hopkinson said the gunman fired at least five shots, grazing Anton Verigotta’s leg and killing Luke Graham almost instantly.

They suspect that up to 10 members of an organized crime group worked together to hide the whereabouts of the shooters, and believe Halpin is one of those involved.

DCI Hopkinson has previously described the killing as one of the few times gang violence has “crept into civilian life”.

“It’s very rare that this kind of thing happens like this. A lot of organized crime happens in the shadows of most civilian life,” she said.

“They don’t want to interfere in our lives, and certainly don’t want to interfere in my life, because that attracts attention.

“2018 was a very hot summer. There were little girls running around playing in their princess dresses.

“It’s terrible to have children playing in the streets while this is happening.

“It was just one of the incidents that spread to that civilian side.”

Three men in Balaclavas fled the scene

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Three men in Balaclavas fled the sceneCredit: BBC / GMP
Five men have been jailed for the Manchester shooting

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Five men have been jailed for the Manchester shootingCredit: BBC / GMP
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