A Liverpool man has been taken into custody following gunfire reported at three separate locations.

A man, aged 49, is currently in police custody after a series of incidents took place in Croxteth and Norris Green, including a cinema, a newsagent’s, and a nearby property.

The police in Merseyside have reported that shots were fired at all three locations on Wednesday night, leading to the arrest of the 49-year-old suspect by armed response officers in Fazakerley. The suspect was apprehended with the help of a Taser.

No one was injured in any of the incidents, but the suspect has been taken to a police station in Merseyside and is being held on suspicion of possessing a section 1 firearm with intent to endanger life and robbery.

Assistant Chief Constable Jenn Wilson stated, “A 49-year-old man has been arrested following three firearms discharges in the Croxteth and Norris Green areas last night.”

At approximately 8pm, police were alerted to an incident at the News and Booze store, also known as Sangha newsagents, on Lower House Lane in Norris Green. According to reports, a man entered the shop, threatened the store assistant, demanded cash, and fired a gun before leaving the store without taking anything. The store assistant was unharmed but left in a highly distressed state.

Shortly before 8.50pm, another call was made to the police reporting shots fired outside the Showcase Cinema on Stonedale retail park in Croxteth. An armed man was said to have threatened two staff members in the lobby, fired multiple shots in the air, and then fled the scene in a car.

Subsequent reports indicated that gunshots were heard at a property on Malpas Road around 10.20pm.

“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,” commented the assistant chief constable.

She added, “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.”

As the investigation continues, Stonedale retail park and all shops in the vicinity will remain closed.

With PA Media

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