An armed gang threatened a man at gunpoint then mowed him down with their car.
The victim tried to dodge out of the way of the accelerating vehicle as it hurtled towards him, but it mounted a grass verge and pavement in order to hit him and send him flying.
Telltale tyre tracks today showed the lengths to which the driver went in order to pursue his prey.
Sources say it is a miracle that the unnamed 49-year-old was not killed or seriously injured. As it is he is recovering in hospital and said to be conscious and lucid.
Detectives, who have launched a major inquiry after Monday night’s incident, say they believe the man was deliberately targeted. The drama unfolded at around 8.20pm when the man, who had just been to a gym on Warrington Road, Marus Bridge, left to drive home in his Audi A4.
As he neared the former Goose Green Labour Club, he noticed that a car appeared to be following him and was flashing its lights at him.
He pulled his car over on Warrington Road at the junction with Argyll Street to see what the driver wanted and the vehicle, a silver Ford Fiesta or similar model, with possibly up to four people inside, pulled up alongside him.
To the victim’s horror the driver on the silver car produced a firearm and pointed it across the passenger sitting next to him, and directly at the 49-year-old.
The victim got out of his car and as he did, the silver vehicle drove off. But then it stopped a short way up the road and the driver got out of the car, once again pointing the gun at the man.
The victim ran back to his own vehicle, at which point the silver car turned around, mounted the pavement and grass verge and deliberately hit the man, before driving off.
The man was taken to hospital and is not currently believed to be seriously injured, but is still receiving treatment and undergoing further tests to assess his injuries. No shots were fired at any point during the incident.
The car involved is believed to be a silver Ford Fiesta or similar model with blacked out windows.
Det Insp Martin Reddington from Wigan CID said: “Clearly this is a very worrying set of circumstances in which we believe this man has been deliberately targeted by these offenders.
“I understand people will be scared when they hear news of what has happened, but I would like to reassure them if I can that we do not believe this was a random attack and we have a number of resources dedicated to identifying these people to take them off our streets.
“We are appealing for the public’s help and are asking for any witnesses to come forward that saw the silver car flashing its lights as it drove behind the victim from Goose Green. Did you perhaps see the registration plate, or did you see the actual incident itself on Argyll Street, or where the offending car drove off to afterwards?
“You may think that what you saw is only trivial, but it could be vital to our investigation, so please get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police at Wigan CID on 0161 856 7124 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.