Smithdown Road re-opens after shooting

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Merseyside Police cordoned off Smithdown Road. Pic © ITV Granada

Merseyside Police cordoned off Smithdown Road. Pic © ITV Granada

Merseyside Police have re-opened the busy Smithdown Road route to and from the city centre having earlier warned that it could remain shut until Wednesday following a fatal shooting at the weekend.

Forensic detectives were still at the scene of the crime on Monday searching for evidence that could assist with their investigation into the murder of 17-year-old Kevin Wilson, who was gunned down on Saturday night and died after a single shot into his back.

The incident at the junction of Smithdown Road and Homles Street resulted in a huge police presence, including armed patrols, and the thoroughfare between Lodge Lane and Earle Road and Bagot Street was closed to traffic.

Bus routes had been diverted along Picton Road and Lodge Lane, causing widespread problems for the many students and residents who live in or drive through the Smithdown Road area.

A police spokesman thanked “the community for their patience and understanding whilst these closures were in place”.

Superintendent Jenny Sims said: “We would like to reassure the local community that we believe this was a targeted attack and that incidents of this nature are still rare. We are not prepared to allow the close work we have developed with the community to be disrupted.

Smithdown Road © Google Maps

Smithdown Road © Google Maps

“The community and partner agencies have worked hard with Merseyside Police to endeavour to eradicate firearm incidents and we have seen a significant reduction over the last few years. I want to make it very clear that we are not prepared to tolerate these incidents and we will be taking a strong and robust approach against those suspected of being involved.

“High visibility patrols have been increased in the area and officers will be speaking local residents to help reassure the local community.”

Anyone with information can contact the Matrix Serious Organised Crime team on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

 

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