Three people have now been arrested after a night of violence in Toxteth which left three young men injured, one of them critically.
Two males, aged 17 and 20 from Toxteth, were arrested in connection with the stabbing of an 18-year-old man, also from Toxteth, who is currently in a critical but stable condition after he received multiple stab wounds to his head and chest on Carter Street.
A 29-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of affray after a 17-year-old male was found with a stab wound to his buttocks on Hatherley Close, Toxteth.
In a separate incident, a 20-year-old male was shot in Gwent Street, next to Berkley Park, receiving a gunshot wound to his hip.
Both the 17-year-old and the 20-year-old have now been released from hospital.
All three people arrested have been taken to police stations where they will be interviewed by detectives.
Detective Inspector Jennie Beck said: “We are currently investigating three assaults in the Toxteth area, one of which has left one of the victim’s in a critical condition in hospital.
“Detectives are carrying out house-to-house inquiries and will be examining CCTV footage to establish the circumstances surrounding each incident.
“We are in the early stages of investigating these incidents and are keeping an open mind, although given the times and locations of the incidents we can’t rule out that they may be linked.
“I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to the local community to come forward. Three young men have been assaulted in a 20 minute period within a short distance of each other, one of those young men is in a critical condition.
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“Please if you have information come forward so we can identify those responsible and put them before the courts.”
Anyone with information which could help detectives with their inquiries is asked to DM @merpolCC, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.