Re-Appeal For Information - Injury Shooting - Akenside Street - Bootle
Merseyside Police is appealing for information following an
injury shooting in Bootle on Saturday 4 August that left four young
males in hospital with shotgun injuries.
Emergency services were called to the Akenside Street area just
after 11.30pm to a report that a 17-year-old male had been shot. A
short while later, three other males, a 15 year old and two 17 year
olds, sought medical attention for shotgun injuries.
All four males are currently in hospital receiving treatment for
their injuries, which are not thought to be life threatening.
It is believed that the males sustained their injuries in an
incident that took place in the Akenside Street and Violet Road
area of Bootle just before 11.30pm.
The scene has been sealed while forensic examination takes
place, CCTV is being examined and house to house enquiries are well
underway. High visibility patrols have been stepped up in the local
area to reassure residents.
Detectives are treating the shooting as a targeted attack and
believe that it is linked to previous shootings in the Bootle area
in recent days.
They are currently following a number of lines of enquiry, but
are appealing for the public's help in uncovering the circumstances
that led to the shooting.
Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen
or heard anything suspicious in the Akenside Street and Violet Road
area, or the surrounding streets or park areas, between the hours
of 10.30pm and 11.30pm on Saturday 4th August 2012.
They are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may
have seen a group or groups of young people in this area armed with
sticks or similar looking weapons.
A Merseyside Police
spokesperson said: "Merseyside Police is appealing for information
about the incident and the circumstances that led to the attack and
would ask that people make contact with the investigation team.
"Information from the
community is vital in gaining an understanding about what happened
and we urge anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious to
come forward, anonymously through Crimestoppers if necessary.
"It is understood that
this incident is part of an on-going feud between two rival gangs
in the local area. This type of incident and behaviour will not be
tolerated and we can assure the community that Merseyside Police is
committed to capturing those people responsible for these
horrendous acts. "
It is also believed that
the victims may have been to a music event at the Albert Dock
earlier in the day and then gone on to a house party in Seaforth
with a group of young females. Officers are keen to speak to these
females who may have information that could assist the
Merseyside Police urges
those who have information about this incident, about gun crime in
general or know where firearms are being stored to contact them on
0151 777 5699 or the independent, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on
0800 555 111.