At around 4.20pm on Thursday 19 September 2019 officers received a report that a man had been shot in Bickershaw Lane.
The victim, a man in his 50s, was sitting in a parked Range Rover when a black Audi A3 pulled up alongside.
A single shot was fired from a shotgun, injuring the man in the Range Rover in his arm and hand.
The black Audi A3 then left the scene.
The man was taken to hospital with injuries which are described as life-changing. His condition is described as stable.
Superintendent Chris Bridge, from GMP’s Wigan district said: “We believe the man was deliberately targeted but our investigations are at an early stage and we are keeping an open mind as to the motive for the shooting.
“This was an extremely reckless act which took place in broad daylight when children and other members of the public were nearby.
“We appreciate that incidents like this cause a lot of concern locally and we would like to reassure the public that extra patrols are in the area and if they have any concerns they should speak to an officer.
“Our priority is to find those responsible and we are appealing to anyone who witnessed what happened, has dash-cam footage or has information which could assist us to share it as soon as possible.”
Officers say a black Audi A3 had been seen in the area about an hour before the shooting.
Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 7957, quoting log 1931 of 19/09/2019 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.