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17 January 2018, 05:38
A man is in hospital after being shot in the buttocks in a drive-by shooting on Merseyside.
Officers were contacted at 10pm by the North West Ambulance Service following reports that a male in his 20s had suffered an injury to his buttocks which was consistent with a firearm being discharged.
It is believed that the male had been on Akenside Street with a second male when a silver Ford Focus car pulled up alongside them and a shot was fired from the inside of the car.
The male has been taken to hospital where his injuries have been described as non life-threatening.
The car is believed to have driven off along Akenside Street in the direction of Derby Road.
The motive for the attack is currently unclear and an investigation is underway.
House-to-house, CCTV and forensic enquiries are ongoing in the local area.
Chief Inspector Diane Pownall said: “An investigation into the full circumstances surrounding this incident is underway. I would appeal to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in and around Akenside Street shortly before or after the incident to contact us, as any information they have could be vital to our inquiries. Likewise if you saw any light coloured cars in the area at that time, or have any home CCTV or dashcam footage, let us know. I can assure you that all information will be acted upon.
"To use a firearm in the street is clearly incredibly reckless and we are determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice.
"We need communities to stand together to get these cowardly individuals off our streets and take firearms out of circulation. We have acted and will continue to act on all information about such incidents, but we need you to help us build up the evidence against these offenders who are prepared to put our communities at risk so that we can make the streets safer for you and your families."
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is encouraged to contact officers on the Matrix Serious and Organised Crime gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Information can also be provided via their online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online.