Belfast Telegraph

Home News UK

Woman, 73, suffers broken leg in 'targeted' ride-by gun attack

A 73-year-old woman has suffered a fractured leg after being shot in a "targeted attack" on her home.

Neighbours in Netherley, Liverpool, described hearing four gunshots on Tuesday evening.

The pensioner was said to be in a stable condition in hospital where she was receiving treatment for a "leg fracture consistent with a firearms discharge".

Merseyside Police said the attack was thought to have been targeted but the motive was unknown.

Officers believe that shortly after 6pm two men arrived at the house, in Peckmill Green, on a motorcycle, before one got off the bike and opened fire at the property.

The woman was shot while standing inside the house and close to the front door, which was also damaged in the attack.

On Wednesday, police had cordoned off part of the street and there was a plastic covering over the door of the terraced house.

One neighbour said: "I was inside making the kids' tea just after 6pm when I heard a few bangs.

"It wasn't until later when I went out that I realised the police had cordoned the street off."

Another resident said: "I heard four loud bangs - the first two were a lot quicker than the second two.

"I thought they were fireworks at first and then we heard the sirens."

One woman said: "I came back from holiday last night and saw the police cordon.

"I know the woman to say hello to, but I don't know anything about what has happened."

Police described the two men as white and in their mid-20s.

The pillion passenger, who is believed to have been holding a firearm, is described as 5ft 8in-5ft 9in and of stocky build. He was wearing light-coloured jeans and had the lower part of his face covered.

The rider is described as being slimmer and about 5ft 6in. He was wearing a helmet and a long-sleeved bomber jacket and gloves.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Tivendale said: "We are keeping an open mind as to why this has happened and the investigation is in its early stages. Our priority is to establish who is responsible and to bring them to justice.

"Criminals who choose to settle their disputes with a weapon do not care about the widespread fear they bring to their own communities.

"We cannot and will not stand by and let people like that rule the roost. But to achieve safer streets we need the public to tell what they know about the criminals and I promise we will take robust action and put these people before the courts and in to the prisons.

"If you know something, please come forward - silence could result in someone being seriously injured, or killed in the future.

"High-visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area and these will include officers from the specialist Matrix team working alongside neighbourhood officers.

"If anyone witnessed the incident or saw anyone matching the description of the offenders on a motorbike before or after the incident then please contact our gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600 or leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."


From Belfast Telegraph