A MAN has been shot in the chest after a fight broke out in a pub in Merseyside on the first day of reopening.
Armed police stormed the Old Bank pub in Huyton after reports of gunfire inside the building following an altercation.
A man in his 20s was found with chest injuries nearby and has been taken to hospital following the incident at about 8.20pm in Princess Drive.
Evidence has been found to confirm shots were fired and police have taped off the pub.
It comes as Brits blew £2.8million-a-minute on Mad Monday as pubs and restaurants opened indoors and other Covid rules were lifted.
House-to-house, forensic and CCTV enquiries are underway and officers will be carrying out extra patrols to offer reassurance and gather information.
Merseyside Police Chief Inspector Steve Hardy said: “Although the exact circumstances are to be confirmed, we initially believe that the victim was shot inside the pub, before being found injured a short time later.
"That shots have been fired inside a public place will understandably shock those in the local community and beyond.
"We believe that people inside or close to the location will have seen or heard something, and we’re looking to speak to all of those people as soon as possible.
“Whether you have descriptions of those involved, saw anyone running off, or hold CCTV, dashcam or other footage, come forward and we will take action.
"Such incidents have decreased a lot in recent months, and key to seizing weapons and putting people before the courts is information held in the areas affected.
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"We understand the worry that people sometimes have when talking to police so whether you come forward directly or anonymously to Crimestoppers, tell us what you know.”
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC with reference 1016 of 17 May.
You can also call 101 quoting incident reference 20000085245 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form.