Bullet shatters flat door after man shot in leg in 'targeted attack'

The scene of a shooting on Ormonde Crescent in Kirkby
-Credit: (Image: Liverpool Echo)

A stray bullet shattered the front entrance of a block of flats during a "targeted attack" that saw a man shot in the leg.

Merseyside Police remained on Ormonde Crescent in Kirkby this afternoon, Sunday, June 2 following the shooting yesterday evening. Although the police had removed a cordon, a number of officers stood guard outside the damaged front door of the flats, with a noticeable bullet hole evident on the bottom of the glass.

Police first received reports of an injury shooting at around 9pm. The force arrived at the scene after receiving reports that a man in his 30s had self-presented at hospital for treatment to a leg injury. A spokesperson for the force said he is currently in a serious but stable condition.

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An investigation was launched and police detectives remained in the area carrying out CCTV and witness enquiries. A group of men, riding bikes and wearing all black clothing, were spotted on the road in the minutes leading up to the shooting. They subsequently fled the scene onto Mintor Road and then towards Simonswood Lane.

Merseyside Police has asked anyone who witnessed the shooting or has any information about what happened to contact the force. Investigating officer Chief Inspector Paul Rannard said: "Although we are in the very early stages of the investigation as we seek to establish why the incident took place and who was involved, we believe this was a targeted attack.

"Fortunately, the man’s injuries are not life threatening, but I understand this is a shocking incident for the local community and they will be understandably concerned by what has happened this evening. We have a large police presence in the area to not only carry out the initial stages of the investigation but also to offer reassurance to the community.

"We are appealing to anyone who was in the area at around 8.30-9pm and witnessed the incident to contact Merseyside Police. Similarly, if you saw a group of males in the area riding bikes at around this time, again please let us know. I would also ask if you could check your CCTV, dashcam devices or doorbell footage and if you see anything suspicious, please get in touch. Any information you provide, however, insignificant it may seem, could be vital to our investigation."

The officer added: "There is no room for guns on the streets of Merseyside and we will do everything within our power to ensure those responsible are brought to justice. My message to those involved in gun crime and serious organised crime is clear – Merseyside Police will never rest, we are relentless in our pursuit of those involved.

The scene of a shooting on Ormonde Crescent in Kirkby
The scene of a shooting on Ormonde Crescent in Kirkby -Credit:Liverpool Echo

"Information from the public is vital if we are to break down the organised crime groups who bring misery to our streets and I would appeal to anyone who has information to come forward."

If you have any CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage or information about this incident, Merseyside Police ask you to DM the social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ with log 915 of 1 June. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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