Murder investigation launched after man shot death in Toxeth

Forensic examinations are being carried out on Lavrock Bank in Toxteth. Credit: Liverpool Echo

A murder investigation has been launched after a man in his 20s was shot dead in Toxteth.

Merseyside Police were called to Lavrock Bank in the Liverpool suburb at around 11.40pm on Tuesday, 16 August, to find the man who had been shot in his upper body.

Police officers performed CPR until the ambulance arrived and he was taken to hospital, where he was died a short time later.

It is thought two offenders, both in dark clothing, drove away from the scene on electric bikes. A crime scene is in place while police carry out investigations and officers are also completing house-to-house inquiries, and examining CCTV footage.

A Home Office post mortem will be carried out to establish the cause of death. Chief Inspector Col Rooney said: “The investigation is in its infancy and officers are working hard to establish the circumstances surrounding the shooting and to identify those responsible. “I understand this will be shocking for the local community, but I would like to reassure them that we have increased patrols in the area and we are carrying out a number of lines of enquiry.

"If anyone has any information that would help us with our investigation, or who saw or heard anything suspicious before or after the incident I would encourage them to come forward and tell us what they know. "I would ask also ask that if anyone has CCTV, or ring doorbell, footage that could help us to get in touch urgently." Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting log 1259 of 16 August.