A teenage boy was shot twice in front of crowds on a busy Waterloo road last night in a suspected targeted shooting.
The 17-year-old victim was outside The Lounge Bar, in South Road, when a gunman opened fire and shot him in the stomach and leg.
Emergency services were called shortly after 11pm, on Friday, July 2, and the boy was rushed to hospital.
According to Merseyside police the teenager is in a critical condition.
This is the second shooting in two days in the region after a man shot dead in Page Moss on Thursday, July 1.
Police remain in the area today and have cordoned off streets surrounding the scene including South Road and Mount Pleasant.
At the centre of the cordon on South Road a silver car was covered by police with blue tarpaulin.
The shooting took place on a busy road which has a number of bars, restaurants and pubs.
Police say at the time of the shooting the area was filled with people wanting to ‘enjoy a peaceful night out with friend and family’.
They are appealing for anyone with information to come forward as forensic, witness and CCTV enquiries are underway.
Chief Inspector Steve Hardy said: “Our investigation is in its very early stages, and we are keen to hear from anyone who saw or heard this incident.
“This area of South Road has a number of bars and restaurants so we know it would have been busy on a Friday night, and we have spoken to a number of witnesses already.
“I want to appeal to anyone else who was in the area and may have information, or who was in a passing vehicle and might have dashcam, to contact us.
“Any details or footage could prove key to our enquiries as we piece together what happened.”
He added: “We understand the fear that gun crime causes to residents and visitors to the area – many of those on South Road last night would have simply wanted to enjoy a peaceful night out with friends and family.
“I want to assure people in the community that we think this was a targeted attack, and that our investigation will leave no stone unturned as we seek to put those responsible before the courts and take the firearm used off our streets.
“We continue to regularly seize weapons and arrest suspects connected to such incidents and will act on all information provided on gun crime to remove weapons and those who use them from the community. Please come forward with what you know, directly or anonymously, and we will do the rest.”
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC with reference 21000462538.
You can also call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.