Dad blasted with shotgun as he left home with toddler
A dad was blasted in the back with a shotgun as he left his home with a toddler and his partner.
The 30-year-old victim was leaving his home on Maberley View in Wavertree, Liverpool, with his 18-month-old child and partner when he was confronted.
He was chased by the man thought to have been armed with a shotgun before being blasted.
Paramedics rushed him to hospital where he remains in a serious condition.
The crime scene was cordoned off for forensic examination and officers have been carrying out house-to-house inquiries.
Shocked Lynne Doyle, 55, said her nephew Dean Ware, who lives on Mill Lane, heard gunshots at around 8pm last night.
She said: “I wasn’t here last night but my nephew said he heard gunshots.
“He didn’t think anything of it because he thought they were fireworks.
“It must have been pretty loud because the house is quite a bit behind us.”
Jean Jackson, of Mill Lane, said: “I’ve lived here since 1996 and I’ve never heard of anything like this.
“It’s really shocking who everyone who lives here.
“I was in the shop this morning and people were saying that the man who was shot had his kid with him.
“The poor child must have been terrified.
“I didn’t even know anything had happened until this morning when I went out and saw the police cars around.
“They’ve got cordons up too so it’s all been very distressing.”
Detectives are appealing for anyone with any information on the shooting to come forward.
Supt Mark Wiggins of Merseyside Police said: “At this time we believe this incident was a targeted attack.
“I would appeal for anyone with any information regarding who was responsible, or why this took place, to contact us and help us with our enquiries.
“Merseyside Police deals robustly with any incidents of gun crime and we will relentlessly pursue those who use guns on our streets.
“If you have any information which could help us to identify who carried out this attack, please call us so we can put them before the courts and bring them to justice.”