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16 October 2017, 08:21 | Updated: 16 October 2017, 08:24
An 18-year-old is in hospital after another shooting on Merseyside.
At around 9.40pm (Sunday 15 October), a call was received reporting that an 18-year-old male had been shot in Wignall Park, near to Blossom Grove. Armed police and the ambulance service attended and confirmed that the victim had sustained a suspected shotgun wound to his buttock. He has been taken to hospital for assessment.
Officers will be in the area to carry out forensic, house-to-house and CCTV enquiries and to provide a high-visibility presence within the community, and anyone with information is urged to come forward.
Chief Inspector Steve Rice said: “At this very early stage in our investigation, we are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident itself, or saw anyone in the area of Wignall Park acting suspiciously earlier tonight. If you saw a person or persons running away from the area around 9.40pm, you could hold descriptions, CCTV or dashcam footage vital to our investigation.
"Criminals involved in gun crime have a callous disregard for other people in the community, for those families who want to live in peace, and to carry out such an attack in a park demonstrates this.
“I would urge the local community to come together to help us take a stand against the use of firearms and violence. Report anything you saw or heard to us so we can take positive action and remove these people and their weapons off the streets.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police either directly on the gun crime hotline on 0800 230 600 or to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Information can also be provided via their online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online.