Appeal After Merseyside Shooting

8th April 2016

Merseyside Police has launched an investigation after a shooting in Liverpool.

Emergency services were called to playing fields at the junction of Thomas Lane and Thingwall Avenue at 5.20pm on Thursday 7 April, following reports of a man suffering a facial injury.

On arrival they found a man aged in his 20s with an injury believed to have been caused by the discharging of a firearm. The type of weapon is not known at this early stage of the police investigation.

The man has been taken to a local hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Detectives from the force's Matrix Serious Organised Crime unit are leading the investigation, supported by neighbourhood patrols.

Officers believe the incident occurred after a coming together of two groups of people on the playing fields. The offender then fled on foot in an unknown direction.

Extensive enquiries are being carried out to trace him and anyone else involved in what detectives are treating as a targeted attack.

A large number of police officers are in the area carrying out house to house and forensic enquiries as well as providing a reassuring presence for local residents.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Shaw from MSOC said: "People will understandably be concerned following this brazen attack and they have my assurances that everything possible is being done to catch the person or people responsible.

"We believe this was a deliberate and targeted attack carried out in front of two rival groups of people on the playing fields.

"They have shown a complete disregard for the welfare and safety of everyone else on the playing field and for everyone who lives nearby.

"We will be relentless in our pursuit of anyone involved in gun crime and we need the public's continued help in doing this.

"If you saw what happened and can help us bring the perpetrator to justice then please call us."

Call Merseyside Police on 0800 230 0600 or the confidential Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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