Police examine link between two Bootle shootings

It is too early to know if a pair of shootings in the same area of Liverpool were linked, police have said.

Officers went to a shop on Stanley Road in Bootle at about 18:50 GMT on Tuesday after a 20-year-old man had been shot in the leg.

At around the same time, a 16-year-old boy was injured when shots were fired from a vehicle on Benedict Street.

A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said the motive for the shootings was unknown.

CCTV footage

In the Stanley Road attack, a pair of men wearing dark clothes with their faces covered walked into Stanley Wines and shot the local man in the leg, before running off.

At about the same time, shots were fired from a dark vehicle at the 16-year-old boy and two other youths on nearby Benedict Street.

The teenager received minor injuries to his leg. Both he and the 20-year-old were treated in hospital for their injuries, which were not life-threatening.

The spokeswoman said forensic examinations had been carried out at both scenes and CCTV footage was being examined.

"At this early stage, the motive for the incidents is unknown and it is too early to confirm if they are linked," she said.

She said police would like witnesses to either attack to come forward.

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