Man shot dead at traffic lights in Crosby

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Police said they believe it was a targeted shooting

A 23-year-old man has been shot dead while waiting in a van at traffic lights on Merseyside

It is thought a silver Audi TT pulled alongside the red Ford Transit in Crosby Road North, Crosby, at 2320 BST on Saturday and a gunman opened fire.

Paul Anthony Pike, from Netherley, was pronounced dead at the scene. His girlfriend received minor injuries.

Police said the motive remains unclear but they believed it was a targeted shooting.

They also said Mr Pike was known to them.

Det Ch Insp Tony Doherty, who is leading the murder inquiry, said: "This is somebody's son who was shot dead in the street.

"He didn't deserve to die like that.

"The bullets could have struck anybody and we will not tolerate the criminal use of guns."

Car set alight

Police are trying to establish how many shots were fired.

Early investigations suggest several rounds were directed from the Audi to the van before a brief pause, as the Audi was reversed, followed by several more gunshots.

The Audi was then driven off and abandoned in Fairfield Close, Crosby, and set alight.

Many people who were inside the Liver pub, near the traffic lights, ran outside to try to help the victim and his girlfriend, Mr Doherty said.

He appealed to anyone who helped, or who was in the area at the time to contact police.

Detectives are also appealing to anybody who may have seen the van and Audi earlier in the day.

They are trying to establish if the victim was followed and if the location of the shooting, and the gunman's escape route, were planned in advance.

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