Liverpool Shooting: Murder Probe After Man Killed By Gunman Riding A Bicycle

The man was taken to hospital, but later pronounced dead.

A 27-year-old man has been shot dead by a cyclist in the Belle Vale area of Liverpool, Merseyside Police said.

The force said emergency services, including armed officers, were called to Belle Vale, Liverpool, shortly before 11.30am on Sunday after reports that a man had been shot in the street close to a parked car.

The man was taken to hospital, but later pronounced dead.

A police spokesman said the gunman was believed to have been riding a bicycle and dressed all in black with with a high-vis orange jacket.

Officers believe the man, in his late 20s and of medium build, made off from the scene, on Cornwood Close, in the direction of Loxwood Close.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said she had tried to resuscitate the man after hearing the gunshots.

She said: “It was about 11.15am and I just heard four bangs. I wondered what it was so I went into the garden and saw him lying on the floor in the street.

“I did CPR. It’s hard seeing someone you know like that. He is a local lad and I know his family. He’s a nice lad.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Natalie Perischine said: “The investigation into this shocking incident is in its very early stages, and we are keen to speak to anyone who may have information which could help us establish the full circumstances and find those responsible.

“You may have seen or heard suspicious behaviour in Cornwood Close or nearby in Belle Vale and any information, no matter how small you think it may be, could prove crucial as we seek to establish what happened and bring those responsible to justice.

“We share the community’s shock that this could happen in a residential street in broad daylight late on a Sunday morning.

“I want to reassure the public that gun crime will not be tolerated on the streets of Merseyside at any time of day, and that we will thoroughly investigate any information given to us so we can put anyone who carries guns on our streets behind bars.”

Anyone with information should call Merseyside Police on 101 quoting reference 420 of 7/10/18 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

They can also message the force through social media via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC.