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Drivers questioned on shooting.

MOTORISTS in Southport were last night being stopped by police seeking information about a shooting.

A car carrying a five-year-old boy was shot at during a high-speed chase in the village of Banks last Friday.

Police believe the incident may have been connected to organised crime.

Detective Superintendent Graham Gardner, leading the investigation, said: "This is unlikely to have been a random attack, but a motive has not yet emerged. It may be that criminality does lie at the centre of this attack."

A number of shots were fired in and around North Ro a d and Preston New Road.

A silver Ford Galaxy carrying the boy was shot at during the chase through residential streets.

Police have set up an incident room at Skelmersdale police station and have released photographs of two cars involved in the incident.

One was a silver Range Rover, with the registration BOO 5X.

The other was a silver Seat Leon, with the registration AE03 VCY.

Mr Gardner said: "It is clear that there was a high-speed car chase through the streets of Banks and Southport, with one car being shot at like something out of a Wild West movie."

ANYONE with information should call Lancashire police on 0845 125 3545 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.


Police check cars in the area of the incident
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 1, 2006
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