A 17-month-old toddler was killed after being run over by a vehicle in a hotel car park.
Emergency services were called to reports of a collision involving the youngster and a Toyota Rav4 vehicle outside the Ibis Hotel in Trafford Road, Salford, at about 9.15pm on Thursday.
The boy was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Armed officers arrived at the hotel as they were closest to the scene when the alarm was raised, but police confirmed it was not a firearms incident.
Police are treating the death as a ‘truly tragic accident’.
Sergeant Brian Orr, of Greater Manchester Police’s serious collision investigation unit (SCIU) said: ‘This was a heartbreaking incident involving a young boy which has understandably left his family distraught and the thoughts of everyone in the SCIU are with them at this terrible time.
‘At the moment this appears to have been a truly tragic accident and not a suspicious incident, however we have launched an investigation to establish a full understanding of exactly what happened.
‘I would ask anybody who witnessed the collision to please contact police.’
Anybody with information should contact the SCIU on 0161 856 4741 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Andy Williamson told Metro.co.uk last night: ‘All I know is someone, reportedly a young child, was hit at least twice by a car in the car park.
‘A woman was shouting hysterically and a child/children were screaming and crying.’
Jose Maria Agudo Mac told Metro: ‘I was passing by with my girlfriend and we saw a lot of police arriving at the hotel.
‘After that my girlfriend saw a woman with blood on her body.’
Alec Turton said: ‘It was absolutely horrible. The sounds of the screaming from the people stood around the vehicle was blood curdling.
‘Two ladies in particular where screaming and wailing. It was so incredibly horrible to hear and witness.
‘The car park is over looked by approximately 16 apartments, and countless hotel rooms. I’ve never witnessed something that agonising to hear.
‘It was so hard to make out exactly what was being said amongst all the screaming and confusion but it sounded like “he’s killed him / she’s killed him, and he’s dead, he’s dead”.’