Detectives investigating an injury shooting in Huyton last night (Monday 18 May) have arrested two men.
At around 8.20pm, armed police were called to Princess Drive to reports of shots being fired inside the Old Bank pub following an altercation. Evidence has been found to confirm shots were fired.
A short time later, a man was found with chest injuries nearby and has been taken to hospital for assessment. He sustained non life-threatening injuries. At around 10.55pm, a second man presented at hospital with a gunshot wound to his groin, also assessed as non life-threatening.
These men, aged 29 and 23 and both from Huyton, have been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent.
Officers will remain a high-visibility presence in the area today, to offer reassurance and gather any information.
Detective Chief Inspector Matt Smith said: “We understand the concern that such incidents have, especially when taking place in such a public location with other people in close proximity. We’re pleased to have arrested two people who we believe were those involved, but nonetheless, I’d continue to appeal for any information which may be vital to this investigation going forward.
“It’s absolutely key that all of those people present come forward, so we have full accounts of exactly what happened. If you saw or heard the incident, captured those responsible on CCTV, dashcam or other devices, or have heard anything since, come forward. This can be by speaking to those officers in the area today, or via other channels, directly or anonymously.
“The recent decrease in such serious gun crime incidents across Merseyside is testament to the hard work of officers and staff across the force, but also the information from those communities most impacted upon. With your help, we will keep removing weapons and those who use them from the streets.”
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC with reference 21000317629.
You can also call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.