Man shot in face during clash between rival groups

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Image caption The man was shot in daylight at Thomas Lane playing fields in Knotty Ash

A man has been shot in the face on playing fields in Liverpool during a confrontation between two groups.

The victim, in his 20s, was attacked at the junction of Thomas Lane and Thingwall Avenue in Knotty Ash at 17:20 BST on Thursday.

Merseyside Police's organised crime unit are investigating what it described as the "coming together" of two groups.

The shot man is hospital with non life-threatening injuries, police said.

Officers are trying to trace the gunman who fled on foot after the incident.

Det Ch Insp Neil Shaw described it was a "brazen attack" that showed "complete disregard" for "everyone else on the playing field and for everyone who lives nearby".

"We believe this was a deliberate and targeted attack carried out in front of two rival groups of people on the playing fields."

He said anybody with information about the incident should contact police.

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