Detectives remain at scene of murder probe after man shot dead

Detectives remain at the scene of a murder probe after a young man was shot dead.

Police received a call from paramedics who were treating Ellis Cox after he was found with injuries at the Liver Industrial Estate in Aintree just after 11.10pm on Sunday, June 23. Officers found the 19-year-old has been shot and he was taken to hospital where he died a short time later.

A large police scene remains at the industrial estate with a cordon in place and several police officers. A mobile police station is also there and blue tarpaulin can be seen near the Liverpool Loop Line entrance.

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Merseyside Police confirmed crime scene investigators remain at the scene to carry out forensic examinations. Extensive CCTV enquiries are being carried out in the area and house-to-house inquiries are taking place.

High visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area to provide reassurance and officers will be available to speak to anyone who may have concerns.

Head of the investigation Mark Baker said: "This was an appalling and tragic incident in which a young man has lost his life, and our thoughts first and foremost are with his family, who are trying to come to terms with his loss.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have seen him to come forward as their information could be vital. Whilst this happened on an industrial estate, there are residential homes nearby and I would urge anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area, or who heard anything, to come forward so we can give his family answers and bring his killer or killers to justice.

Ellis Cox
Ellis Cox -Credit:Merseyside Police

“I would appeal to any motorists who may have captured footage on their dashcam to come forward even if it appears to be innocuous.

“It could prove vital to our efforts to deliver justice for this young man and his family. It is essential that people with information, no matter how small, to please contact us as it might be vital to the investigation.

“Gun violence has taken too many young lives here in Merseyside. While the last 12 months saw the lowest number of firearms discharges in more than two decades, our efforts to take weapons off the streets and put those thoughtless enough to use them in jail will never stop.

“Every day our officers are carrying out warrants, open land searches and stop and searches to remove guns and other weapons from our streets. We target all available resources in the right areas to remove weapons and those who use them and work daily alongside our partners and in communities affected by gun crime.

“Incidents such as this are a tragic reminder of why we must continue with that work – gun crime can tear families apart and ruin many more lives than the victim alone.

“If you have any information at all on this incident, please call 101, DM @MerPolCC or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 1121 of 23 June. Always call 999 if a crime is in progress."

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