A 19-year-old man has died after being shot in Liverpool, with a family mourning a “cold blooded, targeted attack”.
A Merseyside Police detective said tonight that those responsible for the death of the young man in Stockbridge Village, in the borough of Knowsley, “knew exactly what they were doing and they need to be caught.”
A murder inquiry has been launched after police found the man with a “serious gunshot wound” after being called to Boode Croft in Stockbridge Village at around 6.30pm today.
Despite the best efforts of paramedics, who performed CPR, he died at the scene.
Detective Inspector Tony O’Brien, said: “The investigation is in its early stages and extensive inquiries are being carried out to establish the motive and to identify those responsible.
“This was a cold blooded, targeted attack on a residential street which has taken away the life of a young man and tonight a family are mourning their tragic loss.
“The people responsible for this attack knew exactly what they were doing and they need to be caught.
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“There is no place in Merseyside for firearms, or those who use them and bring fear to our communities.
“We need members of the public to come forward with information so we can keep our streets safe.
“I would urge anyone who saw anything, or who has any information, which could help us with our enquiries to contact us urgently.
“You may not think that the information you have is significant but it could help us with our enquiries.”
A Home Office post mortem will be carried out to establish the cause of death.
A Merseyside Police spokesperson said: “Detectives have launched a murder inquiry following a fatal shooting in Stockbridge Village this evening (Thursday, 12 November 2020).
“Emergency Services were called to Boode Croft at about 6.30pm following reports that a man had been shot.
“When officers arrived at the scene they found the victim, a 19-year-old local man, who was suffering from a serious gunshot wound.
“Paramedics provided CPR at the scene, but sadly they were unable to save the victim.
“The area has been cordoned off whilst forensic examinations are carried out and house-to-house inquiries are underway.
“And high visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area to reassure the local community.”
Earlier this evening, people in the area reported hearing a number of “loud bangs” before armed police and paramedics arrived at the scene.
A number of police and forensics vehicles remain at the scene tonight, with a second cordon further within the scene.
Anyone who has any information which could help detectives with their inquiries is asked to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.