Man Shot And Injured - Merseyside

8th June 2017

Merseyside Police detectives have launched an investigation after a man was shot and injured in Speke last night, Wednesday 7 June.

At 9.50pm, a report was received of a man being shot outside a house in Eastern Avenue. Paramedics and armed police attended the scene and a man in his 40s was found with a wound to his thigh. He has been taken to hospital for assessment of the injury.

House-to-house, CCTV and forensic enquiries are underway at the scene and officers will be in the area to talk and offer reassurance to the community. Motorists are advised that Eastern Avenue is currently closed from the junction of Central Avenue to Alderwood Avenue.

Merseyside Police Chief Inspector Andy Rankine said: "These are the very early stages of our investigation and our number one priority is to establish exactly what happened.

"If anyone was in the vicinity of Eastern Avenue from around 9.30pm and saw anyone acting suspiciously, witnessed the incident itself or anyone making off at speed in any vehicles, call us immediately. What you may think is a small detail could be key to our investigation.

"Any shooting is one too many and the last week has seen several separate incidents, which are all being thoroughly investigated by our dedicated officers. We will continue to be relentless in pursuing those involved, all with your help. Information from those communities affected is vital in taking those people involved and their weapons off our streets.

"We understand that people can be fearful of coming forward, but if you do not want to speak directly to police, please use the independent charity Crimestoppers, which is free and completely anonymous. You can make a real difference to your communities by telling us what you know, and we promise to act on all information provided."

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw anything suspicious is urged to contact our gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600 or leave information anonymously and for free with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You can also use their online form anonymously:https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online.

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