Bootle shooting: Discarded handgun and ammunition found

Daley Road, Bootle Image copyright Google
Image caption The gun was found wrapped several plastic bags in the Daley Road area

Police investigating the shooting of a man in Liverpool are examining a handgun found close to the scene by a member of the public.

The weapon was discovered shortly before 14:30 BST on Wednesday in the Daley Road area of Bootle, police said.

It was wrapped, with a small amount of ammunition, in several plastic bags.

A 29-year-old man remains in a critical but stable condition after he was shot several times outside his home in nearby Monfa Road on Monday.

Firearms officers removed the weapon for forensic examination.

'brazen targeted attack'

Supt Claire Richards said: "This is an excellent discovery as it means that there is now one less firearm in circulation.

"Our investigations into the recent shooting in Monfa Road are progressing well and people can expect to see a large police presence in Bootle and Litherland to provide reassurance."

Merseyside Police described Monday's shooting as a "brazen targeted attack".

Officers said two men pulled up to the victim's house on a scrambler motorbike before the passenger climbed off and opened fire.

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