Man shot before stolen car set on fire, police say

A general view of Lucerne Road, where two rows of yellow-bricked houses flank a grey-cobbled road
The shooting occured after two groups of men met in Lucerne Road [Google]

A man was shot in the leg on a street shortly before a stolen car was set on fire nearby, police have said.

Merseyside Police said a 33-year-old from Sheffield was shot after he and another man from the city met with a group of men on Lucerne Road in Wallasey at about 23:20 BST on Saturday.

The force said the man, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, made his way to Wheatland Lane where two people in a car stopped to help and called emergency services.

Det Ch Insp Mike Dalton said a stolen Nissan Navara was found burnt out nearly a mile away on Clayton Road about ten minutes later.

He said officers wanted to hear from anyone "who may have witnessed the car being left and set on fire, or who saw it in the area".

He said the motive for the attack and the identity of the victim was "unknown" at present.

The force said a 33-year-old man, from Sheffield, had been held on suspicion of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, while a 35-year-old man, also from Sheffield, was arrested near the Wallasey tunnel on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs and of an imitation firearm.

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