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Police at the Showcase Cinema on East Lancashire Lane in Liverpool tonight (Image: Liverpool Echo)

Armed police launched a massive manhunt after shots were fired at a Liverpool cinema, a second premises in the city, plus a third location – with one man now arrested.

Merseyside Police were called to the News and Booze store (known locally as Sangha newsagents) on Lower House Lane, Norris Green at 8.30pm last night after reports that a man had entered the shop at about 8pm, threatened the store assistant and demanded cash before firing a gun and leaving the store empty handed.

A police spokesman said: « The shop assistant was not injured during the incident, but extremely distressed by the ordeal. No damage was caused to the shop. »

Just before 8.50pm police received a further call to report that shots had been fired outside the Showcase Cinema on Stonedale retail park in Croxteth, the spokesman added.

They said: « It was reported that a man armed with a gun entered the cinema complex and threatened two members of staff in the foyer, before leaving.


Police and emergency vehicles outside the Showcase cinema in Liverpool (Image: Liverpool Echo)

« When he got outside he fired a number of shots in the air before escaping in a car. No one was injured during this incident and no damage was caused. »

Armed officers and local police were in the area, as well as large numbers of emergency vehicles, and people were being advised to stay indoors during what is described as a « fast-moving incident ».

The building was locked down and staff and members of the public were told to stay inside. Stonedale retail park and all shops within the area will remain closed whilst officers continue their investigations. 

At about 10.20pm further reports were received that gun shots were heard at a property on Malpas Road.


Police outside a newsagent where shots were also reported (Image: Liverpool Echo)

The force said nobody had been injured and confirmed it was not terrorist-related, but that it was being treated as a major incident.

Eyewitness Craig Moorhead, 35, told the Liverpool Echo he was kept inside the building for 45 minutes, having been to watch Wonka with his daughter and her friend, both 14.

Just as the film ended he heard police around the back of the building, and when he came out into the foyer he discovered the cinema had been locked down.

He said: « As we came out of the cinema screen the armed police response team was running in. I was talking to the girl on the desk, apparently a fella had pointed a shotgun at her. 

« She was in shock and could hardly speak. I think he did a couple of shots outside and then ran in, the woman said he was wearing flipflops or something.

« They kept us inside the foyer and started evacuating us in little groups. There were 80 to 100 people inside. »

A man has been arrested after reports shots were fired at three locations in Liverpool on Wednesday night, Merseyside Police have said.

Assistant Chief Constable Jenn Wilson, said: “I can report that a 49-year-old man has been arrested following three firearms discharges in the Croxteth and Norris Green areas last night. Thankfully incidents like this, involving a single offender in three separate shootings in close proximity and quick succession, are extremely rare and this is the first time we have had to deal with an incident of this nature on the streets of Merseyside.

“The shocking and distressing impact these incidents will have had on the shop assistant, the staff at the Showcase Cinema and those filmgoers who found themselves in a lockdown situation in the complex after shots were fired outside the cinema and the residents of Malpas Road cannot be underestimated.

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“Officers were on the ground immediately following the first incident and were able to respond swiftly to the subsequent discharges, and a male was identified. located and arrested on suspicion of all three discharges within 13 hours.

“High visibility patrols will remain in the area to reassure members of the local community. »

She added: “Firearms have no place on our streets and we are committed to arresting those involved in gun crime and taking firearms off our streets.

“If you saw what happened or have any mobile or CCTV footage of the incidents please contact us as a matter of urgency as you may have information which is vital to our investigation. Any information provided will be acted upon. 

“Information from our community is vital if we are to stop people carrying out such attacks in Merseyside that causes such violence on our streets.”

Anyone with footage or information has been asked asked to DM @MerPol or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting log 928 of Wednesday January 3.

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