'Happy go lucky' man killed in Liverpool shooting

Mark Hillman Image copyright Merseyside Police
Image caption Mark Hillman, 26, died as a result of two gunshot wounds to his back, a post-mortem examination found

A man who died following a shooting in Liverpool was a "happy-go-lucky character who lived life to the full", his family said in a tribute.

Mark Hillman, 26, was shot twice in the back before being found on a pavement in Lloyd Close, Everton, Liverpool, at about 17:15 BST on Wednesday.

He died later in hospital. Police are treating it as a "targeted attack" and a murder investigation is under way.

In a statement, Mr Hillman's family said: "He was a devoted family man."

"He was a happy-go-lucky character who lived life to the full and enjoyed socialising with his many friends," it said.

Police were called after a member of the public heard several loud bangs.

"We would like to thank the local residents who came to Mark's aid," the statement added.

Image caption A man was found with gunshot wounds and pronounced dead in hospital

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