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Man arrested over 'cold-blooded, targeted' shotgun murder of teenager

A man has been arrested following the "cold-blooded" murder of an 18-year-old male.

Officers were called to Banks Road, Garston, Merseyside, at about 8.45pm yesterday to reports of a collision between a grey Audi and a scrambler bike.

Witnesses reported three males - one believed to be armed with a shotgun - running off from the Audi, said Merseyside Police.

The 18-year-old victim from Garston was found at the scene with serious gunshot wounds and was taken to Royal Liverpool University Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short while later.

A 25-year-old man from Speke was arrested in the early hours of today and remains in police custody.

The offenders are believed to have run off towards Blackburn Street, or through the nearby industrial estate. The males are described as white.

The armed man was wearing dark clothing and a second male was wearing red shorts and a T-shirt.

Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney said: "The investigation is in its early stages and extensive inquiries are being carried out to establish any potential motive and to identify those responsible.

"This was a cold-blooded, targeted attack on a residential street which has taken away the life of a young man. The people responsible for this attack knew exactly what they were doing.

"These people need to be caught - a young man, who should have had his life before him has been killed and his family are now faced with coming to terms with their loss.

"There is no place for firearms, or those who use them and bring fear to our communities, on our streets.

"We need members of the public to come forward with information so we can keep our streets safe.

"I would urge anyone who saw anything, or who has any information, which could help us with our inquiries to contact us urgently.

"You may not think that the information you have is significant but it could help us with our inquiries in relation to either of these incidents.

"We are particularly interested in talking to anyone who may have witnessed the Audi or scrambler bike in the Garston area shortly before the incident, or who witnessed the incident itself, to come forward."

Anyone who has any information which could help detectives with their inquiries should contact the Matrix Serious Organised Crime team on 0800 230 0600, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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