Liverpool

Norris Green shooting: Murder inquiry starts

The man was discovered lying in Brayfield Road
Image caption The man was found lying in Brayfield Road on Tuesday night

A 25-year-old man has been shot dead in a Liverpool street.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was discovered lying in Brayfield Road, Norris Green, at about 22:10 BST on Tuesday.

Post-mortem tests are due to be carried out later but it is believed he died from a single bullet wound to his head, a police spokesman said.

Officers have started a murder inquiry and are investigating whether the death is connected to an earlier incident.

'Open mind'

A member of the public called police at 22:05 BST to say he had heard several gunshots and saw a group of men acting suspiciously in the Larkhill Lane and Hedges Crescent area of Clubmoor.

Officers found several bullet cases. A Ford Mondeo was also recovered from the scene.

Ch Supt Jon Ward, of Merseyside Police, said: "Clearly we are keeping a very open mind about this but... those two places are extremely close by so we can't rule out the fact that these two incidents are connected."

Residents have expressed shock at what had happened but said the street had been the scene of another shooting about two months ago when a window was shot through.

One resident, 77, who has lived in the street for 45 years, said: "It's very scary. It's normally very quiet around here."

Another, a 29-year-old woman, said: "We are shocked. We saw all the lights out of the window. There were about nine police cars and three ambulances.

'Protect anonymity'

"I have got a little boy and I was putting him to bed at the time and you just don't expect anything like this to happen right outside your front door. It was not nice at all."

Mr Ward, who is the force's area commander for north Liverpool, urged anyone with information to come forward.

"I can reassure people we will protect their anonymity and we will work with them and absolutely look after their safety," he said.

"I can't stress enough that we really do need their help to come forward.

"We are working on the streets but these are their streets. They know whose doing it as much as we do."

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