Woman shot dead and three injured in Christmas bloodbath at busy pub - 'Heartbreaking'

Liverpool shooting: Police officers on duty at the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey Village
Liverpool shooting: Police officers on duty at the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey Village

Young reveller shot dead in Merseyside as she celebrated in bar with friends

Published Last updated

POLICE are hunting for a gunman after a woman was killed and a number of other people injured in a “heartbreaking" Christmas pub shooting.

Merseyside Police said officers were called to the Lighthouse in Wallasey Village at around 11.50pm on Saturday following reports of gunshots.

Police in Liverpool are hunting for a gunman after the woman was killed and three people injured
Police in Liverpool are hunting for a gunman after the woman was killed and three people injured

Three men were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds and a number of other people were also injured, police said.

Wallasey MP Dame Angela Eagle said the incident was “heartbreaking” and appealed for anyone with information to contact police.

She tweeted: “This is heartbreaking news – My thoughts are with the family of the woman who has died & those who are injured. Anyone with any information please tell the police.”

Detective Superintendent David McCaughrean said: “This investigation is in the very early stages and we understand that this is a truly shocking and devastating incident that has happened just before Christmas Day in a busy venue full of young people.

“We have a number of officers at Wallasey Village who are carrying out extensive inquiries to understand exactly what has taken place and take immediate action.

“A woman has tragically lost her life at Christmas whilst several people are being treated in hospital and our thoughts and condolences are with the victim’s family.

Officers say the pub was busy with Christmas Eve revellers at the time of the shooting
Officers say the pub was busy with Christmas Eve revellers at the time of the shooting

“I would ask anyone who was in the Lighthouse in Wallasey Village last night who witnessed the incident or has mobile or CCTV footage of what happened to contact us as a matter of urgency as they may have information which is vital to our investigation.

“We believe that the gunman left the pub car park in a dark-coloured vehicle – possibly a dark-coloured Mercedes – shortly after the shooting and we are keen to hear from anyone who saw this to contact us immediately.”

Anyone with information is asked to direct message @MerPolCC or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting log 1044 of Saturday 24 December.