Appeal for information following firearms discharge in West Derby

Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a shooting in West Derby yesterday evening (Friday, 14 July 2017).

Emergency services were called at around 10.50pm to Baycliff Road to reports loud bangs had been heard in the area.

A 20-year-old man had entered an address on the street with injuries to his left arm and abdomen consistent with a firearms discharge. He has been taken to hospital where his condition is described as stable and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

At this early stage of the investigation, the full circumstances of the incident are unclear and the motive is unknown but it is believed to have been a targeted attack.

Officers and Crime Scene Investigators are in attendance at the scene and extensive enquiries are being carried out to establish the precise location of the shooting, the full circumstances of what happened and locate the offenders. CCTV from the area will be sought.

A cordon has been established to allow for forensic examination of the scene and house to house enquiries are being carried out.

High visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area to provide reassurance to the community.

Chief Inspector George Phillips said: "The investigation into this incident is in its very early stages and we are keeping an open mind as to why this has happened.

"Criminals who choose to settle their disputes with a weapon do not care about the fear they bring to communities in Merseyside.

"We need the public to help us make the streets safer by telling us what they know about these criminals. I promise we will take robust action and put these people before the courts and in prison. If you know something, please pick up the phone and let us know.

"If anyone witnessed this incident or saw anything suspicious in the area of Baycliff Road, Princess Drive and Colden Close yesterday evening that could help us investigate it then please contact our gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600 or leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."