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A man was shot in the chest after a gunman opened fire inside a busy Page Moss pub tonight.
Emergency services were called to the Old Bank pub, on Princess Drive, shortly before 8.30pm.
It is believed that a row broke out inside the pub before shots were fired and a young man was found with serious injuries.
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- What we know so far
Messages of support for pub owner and staff
Dozens of people have posted messages of support to the owner and staff of the Old Bank pub.
On the ECHO Facebook page, one woman said:
So sad for the poor staff.
Them poor people who havent had a living for over a year.
And absolutely vile thugs do this to them poor hard working people. Absolute rats!!!!
Thinking of linzi and all the staff and the lovely regulars who was working hard.to open the pub.
Another woman said:
Awful poor girl just got her business back up and running and this happens.
Hope everyone is okay world has gone crazy!!!
Gunman fired 'two shots' before shooting victim 'at pub door'
A witness to the horrific shooting told the ECHO that the gunman ran through the pub before firing a number of shots.
They said that he fired two shots before running towards the exit and shooting the victim in the doorway.
The man said: "The lad ran in the was running round the pub looking about, shot twice and then ran out, and as he ran out he shot someone in the door way, and ran off."
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Forensics focusing on entrance to pub
Customers asked to come forward to police
People inside the pub and those who were nearby at the time of the shooting are being asked to come forward to police.
CI Hardy added:
Whether you have descriptions of those involved, saw anyone running off, or hold CCTV, dashcam or other footage, come forward and we will take action.
Such incidents have decreased a lot in recent months, and key to seizing weapons and putting people before the courts is information held in the areas affected.
We understand the worry that people sometimes have when talking to police so whether you come forward directly or anonymously to Crimestoppers, tell us what you know.
What police have said
In a statement to the ECHO, Chief Inspector Steve Hardy said:
Although the exact circumstances are to be confirmed, we initially believe that the victim was shot inside the pub, before being found injured a short time later.
That shots have been fired inside a public place will understandably shock those in the local community and beyond.
We believe that people inside or close to the location will have seen or heard something, and we’re looking to speak to all of those people as soon as possible.
What we know so far
At around 8.20pm, armed police were called to Princess Drive to reports of shots being fired inside the Old Bank pub following an altercation.
Evidence has been found to confirm shots were fired.
A short time later, a man in his 20s was found with chest injuries nearby and has been taken to hospital for assessment.
House-to-house, forensic and CCTV enquiries are underway and officers will be carrying out extra patrols to offer reassurance and gather information.
Forensics at the scene
Reporter at the scene
Our reporter Alan Weston is at the scene in Page Moss where police have cordoned off the pub.
Man shot in the chest
Merseyside Police have confirmed that a man in his 20s was shot in the chest tonight.
The victim, believed to be in his 20s, was inside the Old Bank pub on Princess Drive when a gunman opened fire.
Emergency services were called to the scene at around 8.20pm.