Skelmersdale shooting: Three men injured in broad daylight attack

15 October 2019, 19:18

Three men were shot in a "targeted" attack on Belfield, Skelmersdale
Three men were shot in a "targeted" attack on Belfield, Skelmersdale. Picture: Google
Nick Hardinges

By Nick Hardinges

Three men were shot near lunchtime on Tuesday in a "targeted attack" in Belfield, Skelmersdale.

Police were called to the scene at around 1:30pm following reports of shots being fired but have not yet made any arrests.

Officers treated three men aged 46, 45 and 21 with gunshot wounds.

Chief Inspector Ian Jones, of Skelmersdale Police said: "We’re in the very early stages of an investigation and I would appeal to anyone who saw or heard anything or who has information which could assist to get in touch.

"I know that this will have caused a lot of fear in the local community but would like to reassure people that this incident was not directed at the general public and appears to be a targeted attack."

Area in which a Section 60 order is in place
Area in which a Section 60 order is in place. Picture: Lancashire Police

Mr Jones confirmed a greater police presence in Belfield and the wider Digmoor and Skelmersdale area with high visibility patrols of armed officers.

He continued: "These officers are there for reassurance and we’d urge you to speak to them if you have any questions, concerns or information.

"This level of serious violence is completely unacceptable and we will do all we can to find those responsible."

A Section 60 order is in place in the area to allow officers to search people and vehicles without suspicion.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log 0622 of 15 October or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.