Rival gang shooting

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DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses after a man was injured following a shooting in Whiston.

A 24-year-old local man, who was in a Vauxhall Passat, was seriously injured during the incident, which happened around 6pm on Friday.

He is currently being treated in hospital, where his condition is described as critical but stable.

Another man, aged 21 years, who was also in the Passat was injured, but his injuries are not described as serious.

Four men arrested in connection with the incident last night are still being questioned by detectives.

Detectives believe the incident started in Lyneham when initial shots were fired between the occupants of two cars – A VW Passat and a dark coloured Audi. It is believed that the cars were then driven out of Lyneham at speed along Driveway and into Copperwood Drive where further shots are believed to have been discharged. There are some witnesses reports that shots may have been fired as the cars were driving between the two locations.

Police patrols found a VW Passat, believed to have been one of the cars involved, parked at Whiston Hospital with damage to the rear window.

Enquiries at the hospital led officers to arrest three men, aged 21 and two aged 20 years from Whiston, believed to have been on board the Passat and a 17-year-old male from Huyton, was arrested nearby a short time later.

Detectives are treating the shooting as a targeted incident between two criminal factions and are actively searching for the other car involved and its occupants.

Supt Richie Salter, said: “People who are prepared to fire guns on our streets have a complete and utter disregard for the consequences of their actions.

“The actions of those involved are incomprehensible and reckless in the extreme. We are fortunate that no members of the public, who were going about their daily business were injured.

“The local community has my absolute assurances that significant resources are being used to identify all the individuals involved and bring them to justice.

“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any information which could help us with our investigation to come forward. People who witnessed this incident or have heard about it since will understandable be shocked, appalled and worried that it could happen in their own community.

“I want to reassure them that they will see a large and highly-visible police presence this weekend and those officers will be there to address any concerns they might have.

“We will relentlessly pursue criminals who use guns and violence to settle criminal disputes and intimidate or harm other people but we need the public’s help.

“If you have any information at all that can help the police investigation, please call our gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”