Gunman opens fire on car as passengers flee for their lives in CCTV footage

By Joe Thomas & Hannah Mackenzie Wood

CCTV captured the moment three car passengers were left running in terror after a gunman opened fire on their vehicle.

The chilling footage from Stanley Road in Kirkdale, Liverpool shows the men scrambling to get out of a car as shots are fired at them, the Liverpool Echo reports.

The assailant can be seen riding on a bike along the road before jumping off and launching the attack.

Those inside the vehicle attempt to escape the scene on foot before the driver pulls away.

Police became aware of the terrifying incident after two men, one in his 20s and the other in his 30s, attended Royal Liverpool University Hospital with gunshot wounds to their hands and legs on Wednesday around 12.50am.

CCTV footage shows passengers escaping from the car with the gunman firing into the vehicle from the other side. (Liverpool Echo)

Their injuries were not believed to be life threatening. They remained in hospital this evening.

Inquiries led detectives to believe they were attacked on Stanley Road, where a trail of blood was found near the junction with Pansy Street.

The area was cordoned off and examined by forensics officers on Wednesday. A police cordon was also set up outside part of the Royal.

Footage appearing to have recorded the incident has since emerged online and has been widely shared on social media.

The film shows a gunman jumping from the back of a bike before opening fire on a car parked on Stanley Road. Three men get out of the vehicle - one attempting to hide behind it while being shot at with a handgun - and run away. The gunman is seen to chase them, firing at least one shot as he begins his pursuit.

Merseyside Police today appealed for information following the shooting.

Detective Inspector John Fitzgerald, from the force's Firearms Investigation Team, said: "We’re working to piece together exactly what happened and so are keen to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of Stanley Road and Pansy Street around midnight and saw or heard anything, either the shooting itself or any people making away from the area, and vehicle details.

"Recent days have seen a number of firearms removed from the streets, and recent months a downturn in these types of incidents.

"To have such success it is absolutely vital that we get all information from those communities who feel the impact of gun crime, so we can bring those responsible to justice. Speak to us directly or anonymously and we will take swift action."

*Anyone with information is urged to contact Merseyside Police via Twitter (@MerPolCC) or Facebook (Merseyside Police Contact Centre). Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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