Woman killed in Christmas Eve pub shooting named by police

A neighbour said they assumed the gunshots were celebratory fireworks for the festive season.
A neighbour said they assumed the gunshots were celebratory fireworks for the festive season.

The 26-year-old was with her sister and friends at the Lighthouse in Wallasey Village on Merseyside when she was shot

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A 30-year-old man from Tranmere has been arrested on suspicion of murder after Elle Edwards was killed in a Christmas Eve pub shooting in Wallasey Village, Merseyside Police said.

The 26-year-old was with her sister and friends at the Lighthouse in Wallasey Village on Merseyside when she was shot.

Police were called to the scene shortly before midnight, with one neighbour saying they had assumed the gunshots were celebratory fireworks for the festive season.

Four men were hurt in the incident, with one in a critical condition and the other three not believed to have life-threatening injuries.

Police said they believe the gunman fired shots towards the front entrance of the pub and that minutes later a dark-coloured vehicle “possibly an A class Mercedes” was seen leaving the car park.

Four men were hurt in the incident, with one in a critical condition and the other three not believed to have life-threatening injuries.
Four men were hurt in the incident, with one in a critical condition and the other three not believed to have life-threatening injuries.

Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs told a press conference on Christmas Day: “Tragically the victim, a 26-year-old woman, had suffered a serious gunshot injury to her head.

“She was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital but sadly passed away shortly afterwards.

“Her family have been informed and on today, which should be a day with friends celebrating, they are coming to terms with this tragic loss.

“It’s very early stages of the investigation but we do not believe that the victim in this case has been targeted.

“She was out enjoying Christmas with her sister and friends at what should have been a peaceful time.

“What her family are now going through is incomprehensible.”

Police said a 28-year-old man from Beechwood in the Wirral is in a critical condition.

The other three injured include a 22-year-old man, also from Beechwood, who has leg injuries, a 24-year-old man from Wallasey with a hand injury and a 33-year-old man who suffered an injury to his wrist.