|APPEAL – FIREARMS DISCHARGE – BOOTLE|
|Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses after shots were fired in Netherton last night, Tuesday, 18 NovemberDownstairs windows of two houses in Broad Hey were damaged after an offender or offenders discharged what’s believed to be a shotgun at around 10.40pm
A man and a woman who were in one of the houses at the time of the incident were uninjured. Two children – a boy and a girl – were also asleep upstairs
Patrols attended and a search of the area was carried out. House-to-house inquiries have been undertaken and an investigation into the full circumstances surrounding the incident is continuing.
Detectives from the force’s Matrix Serious Organised Crime team are treating the incident as a targeted attack and are appealing for anyone who witnessed a male described as wearing dark clothing with their face covered acting suspiciously in the Broad Hey area to contact them.
Chief Inspector Matt Boyle said: “This was an extremely serious incident in which the offender discharged a shotgun at the front of two houses while people were inside one of the properties.
“It is only through sheer good fortune that no-one was hurt. The occupants, including the two children who were asleep upstairs, were thankfully unhurt but all were understandably shocked and upset.
“This kind of violence and intimidation will not be tolerated by Merseyside Police and I can assure the wider community that everything possible is being done to catch the person or people responsible.
“I would appeal to anyone who saw anything unusual or suspicious in the area at around 10.30pm last night to come forward. People can call MSOC officers on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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