A Liverpool suburb woke up to the sound of gunfire just before 6am on Sunday morning (December 4) after a man on an e-bike shot multiple times at a car containing two people.
The incident was the latest this year to be linked with the suspected narco turf wars that are being played out by rival drug-dealing gangs on the city's streets.
Merseyside Police have not yet disclosed any circumstances relating to this latest alarming episode of gunfire but they have launched an investigation into the incident, the Liverpool Echo reports.
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The car was driving along a residential road called Steers Croft in Stockbridge Village when the e-bike rider pulled up alongside the vehicle and opened fire.
Fortunately, neither of the car's occupants were injured and they were able to drive away to safety.
Police later found signs of damage to the car consistent with a gun being fired.
Officers are now conducting forensic inquiries into the incident with a police cordon placed around the area.
It also came just 10 hours after Merseyside Police had been called to another incident at Woodchurch in Wirral just after 8pm on Saturday night (December 3), after they received reports from members of the public that a man had been shot in the leg.
He was taken to hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
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Regarding the Sunday morning incident, Merseyside Police have put out an appeal for any taxi or delivery drivers that might have been in the area at that time to check their dashcam footage for anything suspicious and if they think they have found something, to then notify them immediately.
Chief inspector Rob Ross said: "We are carrying out a number of lines of enquiry in the local area to help us understand what has taken place.
"Thankfully the occupants of the car were not injured but clearly this could have had much more serious consequences.
"Guns have no place on our streets and I would urge anyone with information which could assist our investigation to contact us as a matter of urgency so we can find the person responsible."
Earlier this year, three people from Merseyside tragically lost their lives to gunfire in the space of six days in August with 22-year-old man Sam Rimmer, 28-year-old woman Ashley Dale and nine-year-old schoolgirl Olivia Pratt-Korbel the victims.
All three deaths are believed to be linked to organised criminal groups and they were followed by Jackie Rutter – a 53-year-old woman from Wirral – also being shot dead in October.
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