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SECOND ATTACK ON CITY HOUSE; Bomb blast rocks neighbourhood.

Byline: BEN ROSSINGTON

A WOMAN recovering after being shot in the leg has had her house firebombed.

Jackie Turner, 60, was blasted from close range by two hooded thugs who shot through the window of her Rossett Avenue home, Wavertree, last Monday night.

It is understood the mother-of-two was released from hospital over the weekend but had not returned home and the house was empty when it was targeted yesterday.

Fire crews were called to the terraced property just before 11pm.

Witnesses say the front window was shot at before what police are calling an "improvised explosive device" was thrown inside.

Residents in the road saw two men get into a car which drove off at speed.

Fire crews put out the flames but the extent of the damage is not yet known.

The house was cordoned off today as crime scene investigators worked inside. Glass was strewn across the road, after being blown out.

Last Monday, at around 10.40pm, two hooded figures knocked on the window and front door of Ms Turner's home.

She looked out and shouted something at the pair before one of them opened fire from the pavement.

The victim was hit in the leg. The thugs ran to a waiting car which sped off. Police have said they are still looking at possible motives behind the two attacks but there is no suggestion Ms Turner is anything other than an innocent victim.

Her son, Norman Thompson, was shot several times in Allerton in 2000 in what police said had all the hallmarks of a "crime-related dispute".

The ECHO understands the shooting and firebombing are linked to a south Liverpool feud that has developed in recent weeks.

Today, underworld sources warned of reprisals.

A Merseyside police spokesman said: "A neighbour called us to report having heard a bang. In the light of last week's incident, they thought it was either gun shots or an explosion.

"We are appealing for witnesses." Anyone with information should contact the Merseyside police gun crime hotline on 0800 458 1211 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111..

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FIREBOMBED: The scene of the attack on a house in Rossett Avenue, Wavertree, this morning
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Date:May 18, 2009
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