Gunman hunted after man shot outside shop in 'targeted attack'

Police are hunting a gunman who shot a man outside a shop in a 'targeted attack'.

Officers were called at 9.37pm last night, Thursday, to reports a man in his 30s had been shot outside the Go Local shop on Scotland Road. The victim was taken to hospital where he is described a being in a serious but stable condition.

It was reported the offender was dressed in black clothing and made off in the direction of Silvester Street.

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A large police presence remains on Scotland Road, with the end of Silvester Street cordoned off. Forensic officers could be seen examining the pavement outside the Go Local shop, and a bicycle propped up against a lamppost outside it.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Detective Inspector James Halpin said: “We are in the very early stages of the investigation as we seek to establish why the incident took place and who was involved. Fortunately, the man’s injuries are not life threatening and while I understand this is a shocking incident for the local community and we believe this was a targeted attack.

“We are appealing to anyone who was in the area at around 9.30pm onwards and witnessed the incident to contact Merseyside Police. Please check your CCTV, dashcam devices or doorbell footage and if you see anything suspicious, please let us know. Any information you provide, however, insignificant it may seem, could be vital to our investigation.”

Detective Inspector Halpin continued: “I would encourage anyone who knows about this incident or has any information about firearms in their local community to come forward and tell us what they know. 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.”

If you have any CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage or information about this incident, please DM Merseyside Police's social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ with log 1047 of 9 May.

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