Shock as shots fired at house.
Byline: TOM DUFFY ECHO Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org @tabduffy39
A BOOTLE pensioner has described how he heard gunfire while watching television at home.
The man, who asked not to be named, said he was watching Bullseye at around 10.45pm last night when he heard what sounded like a single gun shot.
Police have now confirmed that shots were fired at a house on the corner of Harris Drive last night, damaging a groundfloor window. Nobody was hurt.
Officers are now keen to speak to three men, all in dark clothing, seen riding push bikes in the area.
The pensioner told the ECHO: "We were watching an old Bullseye show on repeat, when I heard something which sounded like gunfire. It is fairly quiet around here, although Fernhill Road is only about half a mile a way.
"I have lived here since the late '60s, and it's the first time I have heard anything like gunfire."
A worker in a nearby business said that somebody told her there had been a shooting last night. But other shop workers and neighbours seemed bewildered by the police activity.
Boys gathered on the corner of the road, next to the police cordon which surrounded the targeted house.
The incident happened where Harris Drive meets Orrell Road, adjacent to St Robert Bellarmine church and school, yards from Bootle's border with Litherland.
Officers were called to the street after reports that shots were fired at a house at around 11.10pm. Nobody is thought to have been injured in the attack, the third shooting in the area in a week.
Detective Inspector Richie Jones said: "An investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is ongoing. "I would appeal to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area around Harris Drive shortly before, or after the incident, to contact us. Information they have could be vital.
"I am particularly interested in talking to anyone who may have seen three males, in dark clothing and on pedal cycles, in the area shortly before the incident took place."
Gunshots were fired at a home just streets away on Kilburn Street, Litherland, on Friday. Patrols responded and found gunshot damage to a groundfloor window.
Detectives believe that shooting, which followed a man being injured by gunfire in Rimrose Valley Country Park on Monday, is thought to have been a case of mistaken identity.
| Anyone with information is urged to call the specialist Matrix team on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
We were watching an old Bullseye show on repeat, when I heard something which sounded like gunfire. A pensioner, who asked not to be named
Police on Harris Drive, Bootle, yesterday