Man shot in broad daylight during targeted attack in park

A man was shot in the legs at a park during a targeted attack in broad daylight.

Merseyside Police rushed to Fazakerley Hall Recreation Ground in Fazakerley at around 9.55pm on Wednesday, May 4, following reports a man was shot in the legs. The force was called when a man in his 20s arrived at a hospital in a black Mercedes for treatment.

It was reported shots were fired just before 9.30am. The man remains in hospital in a stable condition.

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Enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly where the offence has taken place. Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Wilson said: “We are in the very early stages of the investigation as we seek to establish where the incident took place and who was involved.

“Fortunately, the man’s injuries are not life threatening and whilst I understand this is a shocking incident for the local community we believe this was a targeted attack. We have a large police presence in the area.

“I would encourage anyone who knows about this incident or has any information about firearms in their local community to come forward and tell us what they know. There is no room for guns on the streets of Merseyside and we will do everything within our power to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.”

Images taken by the ECHO showed a police cordon in place at the entrance to the recreation ground on both Hawksmoor Road and Lower Lane. Blue police tape prevented people entering and officers patrolled the entrances.

The ECHO was told by a number of people that police weren’t allowing people into the park while officers remained at the scene. One eyewitness told the ECHO they were turned away from walking their dog in the park because of the ongoing incident.

If you have any CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage or information about this incident, please DM the social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ with reference 2000304219. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information.

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