A man is fighting for his life after being shot in the head and left for dead on the street.
The victim was found in by a member of the public in residential road, Adele Thompson Drive in Liverpool, at around 10.35pm on Friday.
A car was found on fire not far from where the victim was discovered, with detectives now working to establish whether the blaze is linked to the attack, Liverpool Echo reports.
Emergency services were called after the victim, who is in his 20s, was found in the street by a passer-by.
He was rushed to hospital and was said to be in a critical condition this morning.
A dark blue Volvo, the registration YK53 JEO, was found on fire at the back of the Queens pub on Admiral Street, Toxteth, just after midnight.
Detectives are appealing to anyone who may have seen it earlier in the evening, or when it was being abandoned, to contact them.
Crime scene investigators are carrying out examinations in connection with the attack and house-to-house inquiries are underway. Officers will also be looking at CCTV from the area, while high visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area to reassure the public.
Appealing for details, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Ryan, said: "The investigation is in its early stages and at this time the motive for the shooting is unknown.
"I would urge anyone who was in Adele Thompson Drive or the surrounding areas at the time of the incident, who may have heard or seen anything suspicious to please come forward.
"You may have witnessed the incident, seen people making off from the scene or have dashcam footage.
"Any information, no matter how small, could prove crucial to the investigation.
“We are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have seen a dark blue Volvo being driven around the area before, or after the incident.
"The car was found abandoned and on fire at the back of the Queens pub on Admiral Street shortly after midnight.
"I would urge any members of the public who have information which could help us to take positive action against those involved in gun crime and make our streets safer to pick up the phone and tell us what they know."
*Anyone with information is asked to contact police on Twitter (@MerPolCC), Facebook (Merseyside Police CC) or by calling 101 quoting incident reference 18400073268.
You can also contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111
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