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A teenage boy is fighting for his life in hospital after being gunned down outside a pub on Friday night.
The 17-year-old, who is in critical condition in hospital, has suffered injuries to his torso and legs.
Police believe the incident is a "targeted attack" and is urging for witnesses to come forward.
The victim was reportedly shot at around 11.15pm on Friday outside The Lounge Bar on South Road, near the junction with Mount Pleasant.
He was rushed to hospital for treatment with injuries to his torso and legs, which police say are consistent with being shot with a firearm.
Forensic teams are currently investigating, as police conduct witness and CCTV enquiries.
Chief Inspector Steve Hardy said: “Our investigation is in its very early stages, and we are keen to hear from anyone who saw or heard this incident.
“This area of South Road has a number of bars and restaurants so we know it would have been busy on a Friday night, and we have spoken to a number of witnesses already.
“I want to appeal to anyone else who was in the area and may have information, or who was in a passing vehicle and might have dashcam, to contact us.
“Any details or footage could prove key to our enquiries as we piece together what happened.”
Chief Insp Hardy added: “We understand the fear that gun crime causes to residents and visitors to the area – many of those on South Road last night would have simply wanted to enjoy a peaceful night out with friends and family.
“I want to assure people in the community that we think this was a targeted attack, and that our investigation will leave no stone unturned as we seek to put those responsible before the courts and take the firearm used off our streets.
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“We continue to regularly seize weapons and arrest suspects connected to such incidents and will act on all information provided on gun crime to remove weapons and those who use them from the community.
"Please come forward with what you know, directly or anonymously, and we will do the rest.”
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC with reference 21000462538. Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.
You can also call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.
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