Gunman opens fire on car as passengers run for their lives

By Joe Thomas

This shocking footage captures the moment three passengers run for their lives after a gunman opens fire on their car.

The video, which was captured on Stanley Road in Kirkdale, shows three men jumping out of a car and running away as shots are fired.

A gunman can be seen riding along the road on a bike, which he jumps off before opening fire.

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

Merseyside Police became aware of a shooting after two men, one in his 20s and one in his 30s, attended the Royal with gunshot wounds to their hands and legs at around 12.50am on Wednesday.

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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