Eyewitnesses say an electric bike was discarded close to the scene of a shooting which has led to the closure of a major Liverpool street.
A cordon remains in place on Lodge Lane in Toxteth today after reports of gunfire being heard at around 8pm yesterday.
Shortly after, police arrested a 20-year-old man on suspicion of carrying a firearm.
He was immediately rushed to hospital having suffered a serious head wound, and last night, his condition was described as serious but not life-threatening.
An update on the man’s condition and more details surrounding the shooting are expected a little later on today.
An eyewitness who spoke to the ECHO at the scene last night said he called the police after hearing three gunshots in the area.
He said: “I was over the other side when I heard three gunshots. My mate thought it was a car backfiring but when he went over there were empty cartridges on the floor.”
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He added the police were made aware of empty ammunition casings found on the ground near Coltart Road Road.
An ECHO reporter was also told an electric bike was seen lying on the ground near the scene and that a high powered car seen in the area at the time that may have been connected to the incident.
This morning, the police blockade remains in place as officers conduct line searches near Coltart Road and in the grounds of Handel Court sheltered accommodation building.
During rush hour, lines of cars had to deviate down side streets unable to drive through to work or making the school run as a bus had to painstakingly turn itself around on the narrow road, causing further problems for traffic.
Nobody was allowed through the barrier as even children making their way to school were forced to walk around.
Groups of people started to gather around the cordon this morning. Many said they were unaware of the shooting despite living or working close by.
The shooting near Lodge Lane took place on hours after a murder probe in Southport was begun following the discovery of a 32-year-old man’s body on Eastbourne Road, Southport.
Two suspects, a 23-year-old man and a 32-year-old man, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. There’s no suggestion that the two incidents are connected.
In a statement released last night on the shooting on Lodge Lane, Detective Inspector Sean Kelly-Martland said: “We are in the very early stages of an investigation and will remain in the area to provide reassurance to the community and gather information.
“This initially appears to have been a targeted attack, but we’re keeping an open mind as to the circumstances.
“The use of weapons on our streets will not be tolerated and we know this will be an alarming incident for local residents. An extensive investigation will be carried out and we are determined to find the person or people responsible and remove firearms from our streets.
“If you saw or heard anything suspicious in Coltard Road or the surrounding area around 8pm, or have captured home CCTV or dashcam footage, please do come forward in confidence as any information could be vital to the investigation.”