A SHOTGUN has been found by police during an ‘open area search’ after a man was shot in Skelmersdale.
The Champion reported last week how a man in his 20s was shot in the leg in the Ennerdale area at around 9.30pm on Sunday, September 6.
Officers arrested three men – aged 20, 27 and 36 and all from Skelmersdale – on suspicion of attempted murder.
They have all been released on bail until October 6.
Last week, the possible weapon used in the shooting was found by police during a search of land off Stannought Road on Tuesday, September 15.
Detectives are continuing to appeal for information and are asking anybody who witnessed the incident or knows who may be responsible to get in touch as soon as possible.
They also confirmed that patrols have been increased in the area to reassure local residents who may be worried.
DCI Zoe Russo, of Lancashire’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “We appreciate this incident will have caused concern in the community but we would like to reassure people that our investigation is very much ongoing.
“The public will continue to see a police presence in the area as we carry out our enquiries.
“We are continuing to ask anybody with information about the incident to get in touch with us as soon as possible.
“Perhaps you were in the area and saw all or part of what happened, or perhaps you have heard something and believe you know who may be responsible.
“Whatever information you have we would urge you to get in touch with us.”
Anybody with information is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log number 1589 of September 6th.
Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.