Dog killed in Liverpool after being shot at through letterbox by masked gunman
A 36-year-old man has been injured and a dog has been killed after a gunman opened fire through a letterbox in Merseyside.
It is thought the victim was outside his house on Ripon Street, Anfield, at about 10.30pm on Tuesday when he was approached by two men wearing balaclavas and gloves.
One of the men pulled out a gun and the victim ran inside his house.
It is then believed one of the gunmen fired his weapon through the letterbox, injuring the man and his dog, which later died from its injuries.
The victim was being treated by paramedics for gunshot wounds to his leg.
Merseyside Police say they are conducting door-to-door inquiries and looking at CCTV footage in an attempt to identify the offenders, who were last seen running towards Goodison Road.
Their motive is unknown.
Detective Inspector Paul Speight said: “The investigation is in its early stages and motive for the attack is currently unknown and detectives are working to establish the full circumstances leading up to the incident.
“I would appeal to anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the incident, or who witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the area shortly before the attack to come forward.
“We are also interested in anyone who may have been in the area of Ripon Street and saw two males running towards Goodison Road shortly after 10.30pm.
“If you were driving and have a dashcam, please check to see if you have picked anything up on the camera, as it may be helpful to our inquiries and could assist us in identifying the offenders.”
:: Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 101 quoting reference 1252 of 23 July, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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