Mystery as shooting at flats goes unreported for three days

A home was struck by bullets when a gunman opened fire in a residential street.

Merseyside Police are investigating after shots were fired at flats on Sedgley Walk in Huyton, at around 6pm on Friday, February 19.

The force said they were not made aware of the incident until it was reported days later on Monday, February 22.

Officers have since attended the scene where they found damage to a front door consistent with gunshots.

It is believed to have been a targeted attack and detectives are trying to track down those responsible.

Nobody was reported as being injured and house-to-house and forensics enquires continue.



Police remained at the scene on Sedgley Walk in Huyton on Tuesday

There have now been two shootings recently on Merseyside following an incident in Aintree on Monday.

Emergency services were called to Greenwich Road, in Aintree, at around 8pm on Monday, to reports shots had been fired.

Police and paramedics found a man in his 20s that had suffered a gunshot wound to his hand before he was rushed to hospital.

Investigations into both incidents are ongoing. There is no indication that either are linked.

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Speaking of the incident in Huyton, Detective Superintendent Richie Salter said: “At this stage we are looking to establish exactly what happened and find those responsible and the weapon used.

“We believe that this was a targeted attack, and was unreported by anyone locally at the time.

“If you saw or heard anything at around 6pm on Friday, or are aware of the issues or criminality that sit behind this shooting and have yet to come forward, please do so, whether directly or anonymously via Crimestoppers.

“We understand the fears people feel in coming forward, but your CCTV, dashcam or other information may be vital in tracking down those people reckless enough to fire a gun towards someone’s home.

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“There has been a significant reduction in firearms incidents in recent months, due to information from those communities affected, and our proactive efforts in removing criminals and their weapons from the streets.

“Help us maintain this good work by telling us what you know, and we will do the rest. We will have increased patrols in the area over the upcoming days to gather information and reassure the public, and would encourage anyone with information to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact our social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ with reference 277 of 22 February.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form by clicking here. Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.

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