Staff from a taxi firm have described how they tried to save the life of a teenage boy after he was attacked with a baseball bat close to their office.
The 17-year-old boy was walking along Oatlands Road, in Wythenshawe, when he was attacked by a large group of around five to six people.
The teenager is now fighting for his life in hospital.
Police believe one of the group was carrying a baseball bat and he was hit with the weapon.
Staff from Club Cars ran to help after the attack and a woman gave the teenager first aid.
Gary Bethan, 56, general manager of Club Cars, told the Manchester Evening News: “One of our staff went out and helped the young lad as best they could until the police and ambulance service arrived and we have been helping police with their inquiries.
“The road was all cordoned off, it is a terrible thing to have happened. We have received a message from the family saying things are very bad and he is seriously hurt as well as thanking us for what we did.
“She [the staff member] did first aid and did very well. It is frightening and a worry to see this happening with young kids. These days Wythenshawe has been improving and is a nice area so it is a shock to see this happening.
“It is random, you can never know what is round the corner. We will tell our drivers to be vigilant and keep an eye out. It was a serious assault and you wouldn’t want this happening to anyone. We just wish the boy all the best.”
The 17-year-old boy was walking along Oatlands Road, in Wythenshawe, when he was attacked by a large group of people.
Det Insp Gareth Davies, of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: “We are still in the early stages of our investigation but what I can say is that this was clearly a brutal attack on a teenage boy by a group of people.
“He remains in a critical condition in hospital after undergoing emergency treatment and we are doing all we can to support his loved ones at this difficult time.
“Local residents may notice an increased police presence as we carry out inquiries.
“If anybody has any information that they believe can assist our investigation then please come forward and contact police.”