Woman Aged 73 Injured In Merseyside Shooting

23rd November 2016

Merseyside Police is appealing for information following an injury shooting in Netherley yesterday (Tuesday, 22 November 2016).

Emergency services were called to an address on Peckmill Green shortly after 6.10pm to reports a woman, aged 73, in the doorway of a property had been shot by one of two males on amotorbike outside the address. The motorbike was then ridden in the direction of Wood Lane.

The woman has been taken to hospital for treatment to a leg injury consistent with a firearm discharge. Her condition is described as stable and her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

At this early stage of the investigation, the full circumstances of the incident are unclear and the motive is unknown, although at this time it is believed to be targeted.

Officers and Crime Scene Investigators remain at the scene and extensive enquiries are being carried out to establish the full circumstances of what happened and locate the offenders. CCTV from the area will be sought.

A cordon has been established to allow for forensic examination of the scene.

Detectives from the force's Matrix Serious Organised Crime unit are leading the investigation into the shooting and uniformed officers have stepped up patrols in Netherley to provide reassurance to the local community.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Tivendale said: "We are keeping an open mind as to why this has happened and the investigation is in its early stages. Our priority is to establish who is responsible and to bring them to justice.

"Criminals who choose to settle their disputes with a weapon do not care about the widespread fear they bring to their own communities. We cannot and will not stand by and let people like that rule the roost. But to achieve safer streets we need the public to tell what they know about the criminals and I promise we will take robust action and put these people before the courts and in to the prisons.

"If you know something, please come forward - silence could result in someone being seriously injured, or killed in the future.

"High visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area and these will include officers from the specialist Matrix team working alongside neighbourhood officers.

"If anyone witnessed the incident or saw anything suspicious that could help us investigate this incident then please contact our gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600 or leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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