Man Shot In Bootle Remains In Critical Condition

12th May 2015

A man shot outside a house in Bootle yesterday afternoon (11 May) remains in a critical condition in hospital having undergone surgery last night.

The 29-year-old local man suffered gun shot wounds to his stomach and injuries to his thigh after being shot several times outside a house in Monfa Road shortly before 3.45pm.

Detectives from the force's Matrix Serious Organised Crime (MSOC) unit are leading an extensive police investigation into the targeted attack and believe two people were on a scrambler-type motorbike which pulled up outside the house.

Officers now believe the passenger got off the motorbike and discharged a firearm at the victim, who was outside the front of a house with two other men.

The two offenders then rode away on the scrambler bike in the direction of Province Road and Hawthorne Road.

No-one else was injured but witnesses and the people in the house were left extremely distressed.

Superintendent Claire Richards from Sefton command team said detectives were keen to hear from anyone who saw the offenders and the bike in the area before the shooting or fleeing the scene afterwards.

She said: "This was a brazen and extremely reckless attack carried out in broad daylight in an area where many people live.

"It has left one man in a critical condition in hospital and could have resulted in innocent bystanders being hurt.

"The local community will be understandably shocked and they have my assurances that we are doing everything possible to catch the people responsible.

"Information from the community is crucial and I would urge anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area before or after this incident to do the right thing and come forward.

"People will see a highly visible police presence in the area in the coming days and neighbourhood officers will be on hand to address any concerns.

"We will not tolerate the use of guns on the streets of Merseyside and we will do everything possible to bring those who do to justice."

Call the guncrime hotline on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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