Teenager shot in leg in Liverpool city centre

Great George Square
Image caption Police said shots were fired by one of two teenage boys on a scrambler motorbike

A 15-year-old boy has been shot in the leg in Liverpool city centre.

The teenager is in a stable condition in hospital after he was shot in Great George Square, in the city's Chinatown, at about 21:30 BST on Friday.

Merseyside Police said shots were fired by one of two teenage boys who were on a scrambler motorbike.

The force said the boys parked before producing the gun and firing shots at a group of people, then riding off towards Hardy Street.

Police were called and found the 15-year-old had been shot in his right leg.

Silver car

He was taken to hospital where his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The teenagers on the scrambler were aged between 14 and 15, were wearing dark-coloured clothing and had their faces covered, the force said.

The rider was slim and the pillion passenger was described as being stocky.

A police cordon was put in place and a search was carried out at the scene. CCTV from the area is also being examined.

Det Insp Rob Hill said: "The victim is in the process of being spoken to about the incident and we are making inquiries to locate the other people he was with in the square as well as those responsible.

"We are determined to trace and arrest the culprits and I would urge anyone with any information about this incident to tell us.

"I am particularly keen to speak to the driver and passengers of a silver car that was seen near to the square at the time of the incident."

He said house-to-house inquires were being carried out and a number of different types of officer were in the area as part of the investigation.

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