Murder investigation launched after teenager fatally shot in Liverpool

A 19-year-old man has died after he was shot in Liverpool on Sunday evening, Merseyside Police has said.

Officers and paramedics were called to the Liver Industrial Estate in Aintree shortly after 11.10pm.

The teenager was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

A murder inquiry is now under way.

Head of the investigation Mark Baker urged anyone with information to come forward to help officers give the victim's family "answers" and "bring his killer or killers to justice".

"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," he added.

"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."

A police cordon is in place at the scene, close to a unit for furniture store Taskers, for forensic examinations.

Merseyside Police said "extensive" CCTV enquiries are taking place in the area, and officers are going from house to house.

High visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area to "provide reassurance", they added, with police available to speak to anyone with concerns.

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Mr Baker added gun violence has "taken too many young lives" in Merseyside.

"While the last 12 months saw the lowest number of firearms discharged 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," he said.

"Every day our officers are carrying out warrants, open land searches and stop and searches to remove guns and other weapons from our streets."

Incidents such as this are a "tragic reminder", he added, of how gun crime can "tear families apart" and "ruin many more lives than the victim alone".