BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK: England  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Wednesday, 4 December, 2002, 16:05 GMT
Man dies in pub shooting
The Thatched House pub where the shooting took place
Detectives believe it was not a random shooting
A man has died and two others have been injured after a masked gunman opened fire in a busy Liverpool pub.

All three people were taken to hospital after the incident, which police believe was a deliberate attack, on Tuesday night.

Raymond Craven, 27, from Old Swan, Liverpool, died in hospital from his injuries.

The gunman burst in to the Thatched House pub in Wavertree where 30 people were drinking.


It was not a case of an offender entering a pub and firing at random

Acting Chief Superintendent Nick Housley
Detectives said there was no clear motive for the shootings, but they did not believe it was a random attack.

A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police said that they did not know if Mr Craven was an innocent bystander.

She said: "He was stood with a group of about four people, and someone in that group was targeted.

"But whether it was Mr Craven or not, we cannot say."

Emergency surgery

The gunman escaped in a silver Subaru car, which was reportedly found burnt out a short time later in Greenbank Park.

A 37-year-old man who suffered serious abdomen injuries in the attack, underwent emergency surgery in hospital.

The third victim, a 31-year-old man, was hit in the knee. He was released from hospital after treatment.

'Not random'

Acting Chief Superintendent Nick Housley, of Merseyside Police, said: "This was an organised shooting of a particular group of individuals.

"It was not a case of an offender entering a pub and firing at random."

Armed officers were in the area following the incident, as the search for the gunman continued.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone behaving suspiciously in the area at the time of the shooting.

 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
The BBC's Andy Gill
"Some of the drinkers thought it was a joke"
The BBC's Tulip Mazudmar
"The gunman escaped in a silver Subaru bearing false plates"

Click here to go to Liverpool
See also:

30 Sep 02 | England
26 Nov 01 | England
12 Oct 01 | England
09 Sep 01 | UK
08 Feb 01 | UK
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more England stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more England stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes