The family of a 26-year-old woman are ‘devastated’ and ‘inconsolable’ after she was killed in a Christmas Eve shooting at a Merseyside pub.
Police said the woman, who was shot in the head, would not have been the target.
They issued a new appeal to the public to help catch those responsible for the shootingwhich also injured four people, one of them seriously.
Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs told a press conference: “Tragically the victim, a 26-year-old female, had suffered a serious gunshot wound to the head.
“She was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital but sadly passed away shortly thereafter.
“His family have been informed and today, which should be a day of celebration among friends, they come to terms with this tragic loss.
“We are only at the very beginning of the investigation, but we do not believe that the victim in this case was targeted.
“She was out enjoying Christmas with her sister and her friends in what should have been a peaceful time.
“What his family is going through right now is incomprehensible.”
Merseyside Police Deputy Chief Constable Jenny Sims said the shooter’s actions were “totally and utterly reckless” and the person responsible must be arrested.
She added: “We have already had an overwhelming response from the public following the murder, particularly from those who were in the pub last night, but we need more information to be able to find those responsible for this murder. ruthless.
“Our investigation will rely heavily on information we receive from the public, and I urge members of the public and local community, who have information that could help us come forward, so that we can bring those responsible for this horrible murder of a young woman at Christmas to justice.
“She should have had the rest of her life to look forward to – instead, her family can now only think of what might have been.”
DS Coombs added that the shooter fired through the front of the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey Village, before fleeing in a dark vehicle, possibly a Mercedes Benz A-Class.
Four other people were also injured and a 28-year-old man is hospitalized in critical condition.
A 22-year-old man suffered a leg injury, a 24-year-old man injured his hand and a 33-year-old man injured his wrist – none of these injuries are expected to be life-threatening .
The incident happened at the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey Village on the Wirral shortly after 11.50pm on Christmas Eve.
The pub called the shooting a “tragedy beyond words” in a statement, adding: “All our thoughts are with the friends and family of our customers and in particular our thoughts are with the family of our customer who lost life.
“We are completely shocked by this and expected to accommodate a number of people for Christmas Day meals, but unfortunately this is no longer possible.”
Wallasey MP Dame Angela Eagle called the news ‘heartbreaking’ and urged anyone with information to contact the police.
She tweeted: “My thoughts are with the family of the deceased woman and those injured.”
The pub is “at the center” of the local community, said the minister of a nearby church.