Murder Inquiry Launched After Man Shot In Merseyside

9th February 2015

Merseyside Police can confirm that the 17-year-old who died after being shot in Wavertree on Saturday night (7 February) has been identified.

At about 8.30pm officers were called to reports of a man being shot at the junction of Smithdown Road and Holmes Street. When they arrived at the scene officers found a male who had been shot in the back. The officers performed CPR on the victim until paramedics arrived and he was then taken to the Royal University Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short while later.

The victim has been identified as being 17-year-old Kevin Wilson who is originally from Scotland though he had been living in Liverpool. His next of kin have been informed.

The investigation is still in its early stages and detectives are working to establish the possible motive for the shooting.

Superintendent Jenny Sims, said: "We would like to reassure the local community that we believe this was a targeted attack and that incidents of this nature are still rare. We are not prepared to allow the close work we have developed with the community to be disrupted.

"The community and partner agencies have worked hard with Merseyside Police to endeavour to eradicate firearm incidents and we have seen a significant reduction over the last few years. I want to make it very clear that we are not prepared to tolerate these incidents and we will be taking a strong and robust approach against those suspected of being involved.

"High visibility patrols have been increased in the area and officers will be speaking local residents to help reassure the local community.

"A cordon remains in place near to the junction of Smithdown Road and Holmes Street. Also, both carriageways of Smithdown Road between Lodge Lane and Bagot Street remain closed. These cordons are expected to be in place for a few days. I would like to thank the people of Wavertree for their continued patience and understanding whilst this police activity is taking place.

"I want to urge those with information to call the Matrix Serious Organised Crime team on 0800 230 0600 immediately so that we can bring the offenders to justice and I promise you that we will act on all information given to us in our relentless pursuit of those involved."

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