Liverpool gun murder victim 'deliberately targeted'

Police in Penshaw Close, West Derby
Image caption Police said the incident which officers initially responded to saw a house "hit by a stray bullet"

A man found dead in the back garden of a Liverpool house after he was shot was a victim of a "targeted attack", police said.

Karl Bradley was found on Friday in Penshaw Close, West Derby, hours after officers had been to a nearby house following reports of shots being fired.

A post-mortem examination showed he died from four bullet wounds.

Det Ch Insp Neil Clark said the 31-year-old was "known to police but that does not take away that he has died".

"There is a victim and a family and they are going through a grieving process and are devastated about what has happened to Karl."

'Motive unclear'

He said the death of Mr Bradley and the attack on the other house, which police initially responded to on Thursday night, were linked.

No-one at the address of the first incident, which Mr Clark said had seen a house "hit by a stray bullet", was injured.

"They were the innocent victims of what had gone on - it struck the window of the house and there was a young family in there," he said.

"They were obviously very shaken but thankfully they are OK."

He added Mr Bradley's death was being treated as a murder and the investigation was in "the early stages".

"The motive [for the attack] is unclear, but we will look to establish what it is," he said.

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