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Hunt for gunman dressed in black after two men shot during Bonfire Night celebration

Streetview of Broad Hey, Netherton, Merseyside
A gunman dressed in all-black was said to have fled the scene in Broad Hey, Netherton. (Google Maps)

A manhunt is under way after two men were shot in front of multiple witnesses attending a Bonfire Night celebration in Merseyside.

Both men were rushed to hospital with serious leg injuries after the shooting outside a home in Netherton at 11.20pm on Saturday.

Merseyside Police are now searching for the suspect, who reportedly ran away from the scene, and is described as being white and dressed in all-black at the time of the attack.

Appealing for people with evidence to come forward, Detective Inspector Andy Dykes said: "This was a horrendous incident which we think was witnessed by multiple people attending a bonfire nearby.

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"We have spoken to some of these witnesses and would like to ask anyone who has yet to come forward to do so as a matter of urgency, to enable us to have a full understanding of exactly what happened.

"Your account, dashcam, CCTV or doorbell footage may well be vital in tracking down whoever who responsible for this terrible act.

"We are keeping an open mind as to the reason behind this shooting, but it initially appears to have been targeted.

"However, we recognise that people who saw it happen or live locally will be concerned and perhaps feel fearful.

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"Guns and those who use them have no place in our communities. Working together, we can find the person responsible and remove them and their weapon from the streets."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with reference 22000814419.

It comes after a road was blockaded with fire as motorbikes raced through parts of Edinburgh as Bonfire Night chaos swept Scotland's capital.

Footage shared online showed a motorbike gang racing through the streets with fireworks being launched along the ground, seemingly aimed at people and vehicles.

A police vehicle was also struck with a Molotov cocktail, although no one was injured.