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Police investigation underway after a 25-year-old man suffered a gunshot injury in Birkenhead

News   •   Apr 17, 2019 20:30 BST

Detectives are appealing for information following an injury shooting in Birkenhead this afternoon, Wednesday 17 April.

At around 5.35pm, calls were received reporting gunshots being heard at the junction of Laird Street and Bray Street. Shortly afterwards, a man in his 20s attended hospital with a gunshot wound to his buttock. His condition is currently described as stable.

Initial CCTV and witness enquiries are ongoing and detectives want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information.

The junction of Laird Street, Bray Street and Park Road North is currently closed as enquiries continue.

Detective Inspector Phil Atkinson said: "These are the early stages of our investigation so we initially want to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident as soon as possible.

"We initially believe that this was a targeted attack but nonetheless, to discharge a firearm in a busy public place in rush hour is incredibly reckless and thankfully didn't result in more serious injuries.

"Were you in the area of Laird Street around 5.30pm and saw anything suspicious? Tell us what you know and please check your dashcams, home and business CCTV and any mobile devices, as vital evidence may lie within.

"We are relentless in our pursuit of those criminals who store use firearms and other deadly weapons in our communities, so tell us what you know and help us make those streets safer."

Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 775 and the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.