Merseyside Police appeal for taxi driver to come forward in drive-by shooting investigation

DETECTIVES probing a drive-by shooting today pleaded for a taxi driver who drove the victim away from the scene to come forward.

Four men were also released on bail today after being arrested yesterday morning.

A 37-year-old man was gunned down opposite Toxteth Cemetery in Smithdown Road, Wavertree, on Tuesday night.

The four suspects – 22, 21, and two 20 -year-olds all from Toxteth – were arrested in a police swoop in Vauxhall.

The victim was walking past a closed takeaway on Smithdown road at around 8.30pm on Tuesday when a blue car is thought to have pulled alongside before a gunman inside opened fire.

One bullet hit the victim while another is thought to have gone into the doorway of a beauty salon. The car then sped down a side street.

The victim is believed to have flagged down the Hackney cab in Smithdown Road. He was dropped off outside a Prescot Street coffee shop and arrived at hospital 10 minutes later.

Detective chief inspector Dave Rooney from the Force's anti-gun crime Matrix unit said: “We are still trying to establish a motive for this shooting and the taxi driver may have seen or heard something that could help us put the person or persons responsible before the courts.

“I am confident that the cabbie will remember this particular fare due to the unusual circumstances.”