Tributes as witnesses urged to come forward
Christine Quirk said: “Our thoughts are with everyone affected tonight in Boode Croft and Stockbridge Village.
“The boy’s family first and foremost, such a terrible loss in such an horrendous way.
“The neighbours, the whole community will feel this.
“Strength to the boys in blue too in the hope they catch the individuals responsible.”
Shortly after the killing, Detective Inspector Tony O’Brien shared his condolences with the man’s family and once again issued a statement to condemn those who continue to use guns on our streets.
He said: “The investigation is in its early stages and extensive inquiries are being carried out to establish the motive and to identify those responsible.
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“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.
“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.
Anyone who has any information which could help detectives with their inquiries is asked to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.