STAFF and customers were left ‘extremely shaken’ after a man fired a gun in Halifax bank in Bootle Strand shopping centre this afternoon (Monday, May 30).
Police attended after the incident at around 12.25pm. No injuries were reported and the man made off from the scene on a dark coloured mountain bike.
An investigation has been launched by detective and extensive forensic enquiries are ongoing.
The suspect is described as white male, of slim build, around 5ft, 11in tall. At the time of the incident he has his face covered, was wearing dark clothing and a Puma hoodie. CCTV and witness enquiries are ongoing to locate him.
No cash is believed to have been stolen from the bank during the incident. Anyone who witnessed the incident or with any information is asked to contact police.
Chief Inspector Gary O’Rourke said: “This was an incredibly reckless act which would have been an extremely shocking for anyone to witness. I’d like to reassure the community that while the investigation is in its early stages, we’re working tirelessly to locate the person responsible and remove him from the streets.
“We would appeal for anyone in Bootle shopping centre this afternoon who saw the man described or anything suspicious to come forward.
“Similarly if you were driving in the Bootle Strand area and have dashcam footage then please review it and let us know if you see anything, particularly the a man on a bike described.
“Our officers will remain at the scene outside Bootle Shopping Centre while extensive enquiries are carried out and to provide reassurance to the local community, so please come and speak to them and let us know if you have any information which could help our investigation.
“There is no room for weapons and those who use them on our streets so please, tell us what you know and help us put the person responsible before the courts.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter or ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or call 101 with reference 22000373098. You can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111, or their online form at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously.