Page last updated at 22:07 GMT, Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Man arrested after boy, 17, shot dead in Huyton

Forensic officer at scene of shooting
Police remained at the scene on Wednesday night

A man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy at a house on Merseyside.

Lewis O'Brien was shot inside the property on Hathersage Road, in the Longview area of Huyton, just before 1600 GMT.

The teenager was taken to hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.

Merseyside Police said an 18-year-old man, from Huyton, had been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody for questioning.

Officers remain in the area and the scene has been cordoned off for forensic examinations.

We will relentlessly pursue this investigation
Det Ch Insp Richard Carr

Det Ch Insp Richard Carr, senior investigating officer, said: "We are at the very early stages of our investigation and officers are trying to piece what has gone on in the lead-up to this incident.

"I would like to appeal to anyone with any information about the incident or events leading up to it to come forward.

"There is no place for guns on the streets of Merseyside and with the help of, and information from, the community we will relentlessly pursue this investigation."

On Wednesday night, only residents were being allowed in and out of the immediate scene which was marked by police tape.

The house where the shooting happened is on a housing estate between two main roads in the Huyton area - Liverpool Road and Knowsley Lane.

Police patrols have been stepped up in the area to reassure the community.



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