Toxteth murder investigation: Police tracking two suspects after man shot and killed

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The offenders are believed to have made their escape on electric bikes.

Merseyside Police have launched a murder investigation after a man, in his 20s, was shot and killed in Toxteth on Tuesday night.

Detectives are seeking two suspects who were seen driving away from the shooting at Lavrock Bank on electric bikes. Both were wearing dark clothing.

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A general view of Lavrock Bank in Toxteth, Liverpool. Image: GoogleA general view of Lavrock Bank in Toxteth, Liverpool. Image: Google
A general view of Lavrock Bank in Toxteth, Liverpool. Image: Google | Image: Google

Officers arrived on the scene at around 11.40pm and found the victim seriously injured with a gunshot wound to his upper body.

They performed CPR until the ambulance arrived and he was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short while later.

Chief Inspector Col Rooney said: “The investigation is in its infancy and officers are working hard to establish the circumstances surrounding the shooting and to identify those responsible.”

Crime scene investigators are carrying out forensic examinations while officers complete house-to-house inquiries and examine CCTV footage.

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“I understand this will be shocking for the local community, but I would like to reassure them that we have increased patrols in the area and we are carrying out a number of lines of enquiry,” Chief Inspector Rooney added.

“If anyone has any information that would help us with our investigation, or who saw or heard anything suspicious before or after the incident I would encourage them to come forward and tell us what they know.

“I would also ask that if anyone has CCTV, or ring doorbell, footage that could help us to get in touch urgently."

How to contact police

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting log 1259 of 16 August.