A murder suspect has been arrested after a teenager named locally as Nyle Corrigan, 19, was shot dead in a “cold blooded” street execution.
Emergency services were called to cul-de-sac Boode Croft in Stockbridge Village, at around 6.30pm on Thursday.
Nyle was found injured on the floor and despite the efforts of the emergency services he sadly died a short time later.
Inspector Tony O’Brien, said: “This was a cold blooded, targeted attack on a residential street.”
Now police have confirmed a 33-year-old from Huyton has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Nyle, whose death has prompted an outpouring of grief and anger.
He added: “Following enquiries, a 33-year-old man from Huyton was arrested this morning (Friday 13 November) on suspicion of murder and taken into custody for questioning.”
House-to-house enquiries have been carried out and high visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area to reassure the local community.
A Home Office post mortem will be carried out to establish the cause of death, and the victim’s next of kin have been informed.
A police cordon around a crime scene which included several small tents remained at the scene today.
Locals said they heard a single bang and residents said Nyle was shot on a patch of grass.
Hundreds of tributes have flooded in on social media to the teenager, as people expressed their shock and heartbreak at the news.
Paying tribute, one friend wrote: “19 years old and now that’s it hes gone. NINETEEN YEARS OLD. I’m heartbroken.
“Rest in peace Nyle always in our hearts.”
Another wrote: “Absolutely heartbreaking, rest in peace Nyle thinking of your mum and family.”
Many ECHO readers also paid their condolences to the family on Facebook and Twitter, as they slammed those responsible.
Fran De Asha said: “So so wrong. What a waste of a life my heart goes out to this young man’s parents and family.”
Sinead Colquhoun said: “Omg what’s this world coming to.”
ECHO reader Toni Hughes said: “So sad. RIP gorgeous soul.
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Kim Marie Chaloner said: “This is so terribly sad R.I.P sending love to his family and friends. xx”
Laydee Langlois said: “Heinous and repulsive crime!
“My thoughts with the young man’s family and friends.”
Marie Al-Ramadhan said: “Just heartbreaking my heart goes out to the young man’s family and friends. RIP.”
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.
Anyone who has any information which could help detectives with their inquiries is asked to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.