Three are ar­rested af­ter man shot in leg

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ

PO­LICE in­ves­ti­gat­ing the at­tempted mur­der of a man blasted with a shot­gun have found the weapon dumped in open land.

Of­fi­cers car­ried out searches through­out Tues­day and found the shot­gun in land off Stan­nought Road. A po­lice pres­ence is ex­pected to re­main in the area over the com­ing days as in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­tinue.

The searches come af­ter a man in his 20s was found by po­lice with a wounded leg on En­nerdale shortly af­ter a gun­shot was heard at around 9.30pm on Septem­ber 6. He was taken to hos­pi­tal for treat­ment but did not suf­fer life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

Three men have so far been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of at­tempted mur­der but all have been re­leased on bail and po­lice are con­tin­u­ing to ask for the pub­lic to help with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Two of the men, aged 20 and 36 and from Skelmers­dale, were ar­rested early last week and have since been re­leased on bail un­til Oc­to­ber 6.

A 27-year-old, also from Skelmers­dale, was then ar­rested last Wed­nes­day, three days af­ter the vic­tim was shot. He has now also been re­leased on bail un­til Oc­to­ber.

De­tec­tives are con­tin­u­ing to ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion and are ask­ing any­body who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent or knows who may be re­spon­si­ble to get in touch as soon as pos­si­ble.

DCI Zoe Russo, of Lancashire’s Force Ma­jor In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team, said: “We ap­pre­ci­ate this will have caused con­cern in the com­mu­nity but we would like to re­as­sure peo­ple that our in­ves­ti­ga­tion is very much on­go­ing.

“We are con­tin­u­ing to ask any­body with in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent to get in touch with us as soon as pos­si­ble. Per­haps you were in the area and saw all or part of what hap­pened, or per­haps you have heard some­thing and be­lieve you know who may be re­spon­si­ble.

“What­ever in­for­ma­tion you have we would urge you to get in touch with us.”

Any­body with in­for­ma­tion is asked to get in touch on 101, quot­ing log num­ber 1589 of Septem­ber 6. Al­ter­na­tively in­de­pen­dent char­ity Crimestop­pers can be con­tacted on 0800 555 111 or at crimestop­

En­nerdale in Skelmers­dale af­ter a shoot­ing in­ci­dent on Satur­day, Septem­ber 6

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