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 Merseyside Police is appealing for information after man was taken to hospital with gun shot wounds last night (Monday 22 October). 

At around 8.45pm, Police were notified after a man called an ambulance to an address in St James’ Drive, Bootle saying that he had been shot. 

On arrival emergency services found a 33-year-old man with shotgun wounds to his chest. 

The victim, from the Bootle area, was taken to hospital for treatment. His condition is currently described as serious but stable.

At this stage in the investigation it is not clear where this man was injured but one line of enquiry is that he was shot near to or on the canal in Bootle yesterday evening. 

Officers are currently carrying out extensive searches of the area but have so far found no evidence of shots being fired. Enquiries are ongoing and searches will continue during daylight hours. 

Patrols have been stepped up in the local area to reassure the community and an investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances that led to this man seeking medical treatment. 

Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have information about this incident or who may have witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area near to the canal in Bootle earlier in the evening to contact them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the specialist Matrix Team on 0151 777 5699 or the independent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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