Detectives investigating an incident where a man was shot in the leg in Skelmersdale have found a shotgun.
Officers have been carrying out a systematic open area search of a vast area of open land off Stannought Road as part of their enquiries into the firearm discharge, which happened on September 6th.
Emergency services were called to the Ennerdale area at 9.30pm following reports a gunshot had been heard and a man, aged in his 20s, was found at a nearby address with a wound to his leg which is believed to have come from a shotgun. He was taken to hospital for treatment. Thankfully, his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Last week three men – aged 20, 27 and 36 and all from Skelmersdale – were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. They have all been released on bail until October 6th.
Following a search of the area, we can now confirm that a shotgun has been recovered today (Tuesday 15th September). There will continue to be a police presence in this area for the coming days.
Detectives are continuing to appeal for information and are asking anybody who witnessed the incident or knows who may be responsible to get in touch us as soon as possible.
DCI Zoe Russo, of Lancashire’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “We appreciate this incident will have caused concern in the community but we would like to reassure people that our investigation is very much ongoing.
“The public will continue to see a police presence in the area as we carry out our enquiries.
“We are continuing to ask anybody with information about the incident to get in touch with us as soon as possible. Perhaps you were in the area and saw all or part of what happened, or perhaps you have heard something and believe you know who may be responsible.
“Whatever information you have we would urge you to get in touch with us.”
Anybody with information is asked to get in touch on 101, quoting log number 1589 of September 6th. Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.