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Man critical after Merseyside shooting

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Detectives are appealing for information after shooting in Kirkby on Merseyside this afternoon. Officers were alerted after a man in his 20's were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.

It is initially believed that the incident took place in the general area of Northwood, before the victim was taken to hospital. His condition is currently described as critical.

An investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances.

"These are the very early stages of our investigation but we are urging anyone in the community who saw or heard anything to come forward immediately.

"We believe that the victim was shot somewhere in the area of Northwood and any information you may have will be acted upon promptly, so we can identify those responsible and remove them and their weapons from the streets."

– Chief Inspector Jason Crellin