Man in 'serious but stable' condition in hospital after being shot in face in St Helens

The incident happened on Derbyshire Hill Road in St Helens. Credit: Liverpool Echo

A man is in a serious condition in hospital after being shot in the face.

Officers were called at around 11.55am on Monday 19 February to reports a man had been injured at a house Derbyshire Hill Road in St Helens.

The man, in his 30s, was taken to hospital with a facial injury caused by a gunshot to his face. Police say he remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.House-to-house inquiries have been carried out and a police scene is currently in place on Derbyshire Hill Road while investigations continue.

 Police have described the investigation as "complex".

A cordon is in place near the scene. Credit: Liverpool Echo

The front of a house on Derbyshire Hill Road and part of the pavement was cordoned off.An area behind the Horseshoe Garage on Ashtons Green Drive was also cordoned off. An officer was also seen guarding the back of the house where police were focusing their attention on. A small cordon blocked off an opening which also lead to this area.Neighbours in the area said they were "shocked" to see the amount of emergency service vehicles on the road yesterday afternoon. Later on in the morning, a mobile police van also attended the scene.

Police have described the investigation as 'complex'. Credit: Liverpool Echo

House-to-house enquiries were carried out yesterday. A spokesperson for the force said a police scene will remain while detectives continue to investigate the incident.

Chief Inspector Tom Welch said: "This is a complex police investigation, and our officers are still in the very early stages of establishing the circumstances of this incident."At this stage of our ongoing investigation we can confirm that a firearm was shot in the area causing a serious facial injury to a man in his 30s.

"Therefore, I would appeal to anyone who lives in the area, that has any information or who has doorbell camera footage that may have captured the incident to get in touch as soon as possible."Information from the public is vital if we are to prevent the use of firearms which bring misery to our streets and cause such harm in our community."Our officers remain in the surrounding area of Derbyshire Hill Road and are relentless when stopping the use of any firearms or dangerous weapons in Merseyside."

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