Children could have been killed or seriously injured after shots were fired at a man in the street.

Senior officers believe there was an attempt to shoot a man in the Reeds Road area of Huyton last night, which caused damage to a nearby house and car.

There were children inside the house at the time, police have confirmed.

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The 7.20pm shooting happened hours after an incident on Woolfall Crescent, when shots were fired at a house in a targeted incident.

Chief Inspector Phil Mullally from Knowsley’s Local Policing Team has now told the ECHO the force suspect shots were fired at a man in the street in the Reeds Road area.

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He said: "We suspect that shots were fired at a man in the street which caused damage to a house and car on Reeds Road.

"We know there were children in the house at the time and this incident could have been a lot more serious. Somebody could have been killed.

"Anyone firing a gun in a residential street is clearly reckless as to the consequences.

"We are keen to speak to two men aged between 15 and 20 who were in the area prior to the shooting. They were dressed in black and on a bike.

"And we are keen to speak to the driver a small black car seen in the area at the time."

A woman, 39, from Huyton, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Section 1 firearm.

Chief Inspector Mullally said the force was also keen to identify a group of people seen in the Woolfall Crescent area prior to the shooting during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Over the last month there have been six shootings in the Huyton area, including incidents on Princess Drive, Knowsley Heights, Shelly Close and Huyton House Road.

Chief Inspector Mullally said that disputes within the criminal community were clearly behind the violence.

He said: "Feuds and disputes within the criminal community has resulted in a spate of shootings over recent weeks.

"We are not linking the shootings at this stage and cannot comment on which groups might be involved. But we are looking into and investigating disputes within the criminal community.

"Some of these disputes may be drug related. "

Chief Inspector Mullally appealed for help from the community. He said: "In particular we know that criminals of this type exploit the weak and vulnerable. People may well be forced into hiding guns or even into carrying out shootings by older criminals.

"I want to say that we can help people caught up in these situations. We know there is exploitation and intimidation and can offer people a way out.

"And we can offer people the chance to walk away from a life of crime and pursue something more worthwhile."

He added: "We are dealing with very small groups of people who are damaging the community they live in.

"The overwhelming majority of people in the Huyton area have absolutely nothing to do with this type of criminality."

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