The family of a father blasted to death in a gun and grenade attack at his home in Clayton, Manchester, are praising how ‘special’ he was.
David Short, 46, was killed at his home on Folkestone Road East around 10.30am on Friday.
His son, Mark, was gunned down in a shooting at the Cotton Tree Pub in May.
In a tribute to David, his family said: “He was a very special brother and a fabulous uncle. He was a loving, kind and funny person who never failed to make us smile.
“He was so precious to all in his life and we are lucky to have known him. He had a huge heart, just like his son Mark, they were both loved more than words could ever describe.”
Police are still hunting a one-eyed 29-year-old man, Dale Cregan, who they want to question in connection with both David Short’s death and Mark’s.
A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday night and is still in police custody being questioned.
Shortly after the attack in Clayton, a second grenade explosion occurred on Luke Road in Droylsden – but no one was injured.
Michelle Short, David’s wife, said: “They have taken my son Mark and now my loving husband Dave. They may have broken our hearts but they will never break our spirits. One way or another we shall get through this.
“I will always love you and you will always be in our hearts, forever and eternity.”
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, said: “We have specialist officers who continue to support the family of David Short at this difficult time and extra police officers, including specialist firearms officers, remain on patrol in the Clayton and Droylsden areas.
“I want to reiterate that while these attacks are highly unusual and we do not believe there is any threat to the wider public, we understand that recent events may have left people feeling worried. Neither the police nor the community will stand for such acts of violence and I am asking for people to work with police to share any information they may know. This can be done in complete confidence if necessary.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police at the Major Incident Team on 0161 856 3301 or 101, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.