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Family of ex-RAF serviceman who was shot dead outside gym 'don't understand why'

The family of a former RAF serviceman who was shot dead outside a gym have said they "don't understand why" it happened.

Lenny Scott, 33, from Prescot, Merseyside, died in hospital after the shooting in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, on Thursday.

Emergency services were called to Peel Road at around 7.35pm and discovered Mr Scott with serious gunshot wounds.

Police said the gunman fled the scene on either an e-bike or a scrambler bike and was wearing black clothing with an orange hi-vis jacket.

A 25-year-old man from Liverpool has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being questioned in custody.

Mr Scott's family said their "hearts were broken forever".

"Our Lenny was cruelly taken from us and we don't understand why," they said in a statement.

"Lenny was a devoted dad. He lived for his children. They were everything to him, as he was to them. He was a beloved daddy, son, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend and colleague."

Describing Mr Scott as "the biggest, funniest and most lovable person", they said: "He had such a big presence and would light up any room he walked into.

"His strength, laughter, hugs, sense of humour and banter were second to none.

"He always wanted to make a difference and do the right thing, to help and protect everyone he met, and he had a real strong sense of duty and service, which was shown by his time serving in the RAF."

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The tribute added: "He loved animals so much, especially dogs. We were all so lucky to have him in our lives to watch him grow into this strong, wonderful man, loved by so many.

"We are so proud to receive all the wonderful messages and comments telling us just how many people adored Lenny and how they have all been impacted by his death.

"We will make sure that your children are loved and supported and that they will always remember what a fantastic dad you were. We will make sure we get the justice you deserve. You will never be forgotten. Goodnight love, love you loads xx."