Four held after man hurt in Liverpool drive-by shooting

Four men have been arrested after a drive-by shooting in Liverpool that left a man in a critical condition.

The 37-year-old was outside a takeaway opposite Smithdown Road cemetery on Tuesday night when he was shot in the chest, stomach and hip.

Police said the shots were fired from a blue car which left the scene along nearby Webster Road.

The men, aged 22, 21, and two aged 20, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder earlier.

A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said the men, who are from Toxteth, were taken to police stations on Merseyside for questioning.

Critical condition

Det Ch Supt Tony Doherty, head of the Matrix anti-gun and gang unit, said the victim had severe injuries to his chest and abdomen.

He added that he was in a critical condition in Royal Liverpool Hospital.

Smithdown Road in Wavertree was cordoned off between Garrick Street and Cranbourne Road to allow forensic examination of the scene.

Merseyside Police have stepped up patrols in the area to reassure local residents.

Detectives are investigating several lines of enquiry and are keeping an open mind as to the motive for the attack.

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