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Police appeal after Merseyside shooting

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Merseyside Police is appealing for information after an injury shooting in Kirkby last night.

At around 9.40pm, 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.

– Chief Inspector Steve Rice


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