Gang escape on bikes after man shot in 'targeted attack'

Ormonde Crescent, Kirkby
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A gang of men dressed in black and riding bikes fled the scene of a shooting after a man was blasted in the leg in a "targeted attack".

Merseyside Police confirmed a man in his 30s was shot on Ormonde Crescent, Kirkby, at around 9pm yesterday, Saturday, June 1. The victim self-presented at a hospital for treatment for a leg injury and is currently in a serious but stable condition. Officers remain at the scene and an investigation into the incident was launched with CCTV and witness enquiries ongoing.

A spokesperson for the force said a group of men, riding bikes and wearing black clothing, had been on Ormonde Crescent in the minutes prior to the shooting and subsequently fled the scene onto Mintor Road and then towards Simonswood Lane. The spokesperson added anyone who witnessed the shooting or has any information about what happened is asked to contact Merseyside Police.

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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 to 9pm and witnessed the incident to contact Merseyside Police. Similarly, if you saw a group of males in the area riding bikes 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.

"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, please DM the police's 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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