COPS have launched a murder probe after a woman was found shot dead in a garden in the early hours of this morning.
Detectives dashed to Leinster Road in Old Swan, Merseyside at 12.40am today.
They found the victim outside. She was rushed to hospital, but couldn't be saved.
Enquiries are ongoing to formally identify the woman and inform her next of kin.
An investigation into the horror has started as police scour CCTV cameras from the area.
Detective Superintendent Mark Baker said: “This investigation is in the very early stages.
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"While we understand the public will be very shocked and concerned by what has happened, we have a number of officers at the scene who are carrying out extensive enquiries to understand what has taken place and take immediate action.
“A woman has tragically lost her life today and I want the public to be reassured that we will do everything we can to find who is responsible and bring them to justice."
He urged anyone with information to come forward urgently,
“I would ask anyone who was in the area of Leinster Road in the early hours of this morning who saw or heard anything, or thinks they have captured anything significant on their doorbell camera or dashcam, to contact us," he added.
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“I would also encourage anyone who has any other information which they believe could assist with our investigation to get in touch.
"I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw a vehicle being driven erratically in the area around Prescot Road.”
Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting log 0030 of August 21.
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