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.