A 12-year-old girl who was out trick or treating has been left seriously injured after being hit by a car which was shot at on Merseyside.
Police said a man had been shot at while driving down Sceptre Road, Croxteth, at 7.50pm on Thursday.
The car then collided with the girl. Her injuries are serious, but are not thought to be life-threatening.
Paddy Kelly, of Merseyside Police, said the incident was “extremely worrying”.
He added: “The offenders have shown no thought for the general public and (it) has resulted in an innocent young girl, who was out enjoying herself, experiencing this traumatic ordeal.”
According to The Echo shots were fired at a black VW Golf before it attempted to speed out of the street.
A witness said three or four men then fled the car and one, a passenger, was bleeding from his face..
One witness said: “It sound like maybe two or three shots had been fired and then tyres screeching. When I came outside people were screaming and running towards the road but I didn’t know what had happened to held back a bit.
“It looked like three or four lads got out of the car and ran the opposite way. My neighbour told me that one of them was covered in blood.
“The poor girl was just lying in the road but thankfully the ambulance got here very quickly. I hope she’ll be OK.”
Another resident said: “It’s absolutely disgusting they would do this. Especially on a night when so many kids would be out and about.
“Nobody seems to know what’s gone on with the shooting but a little girl is now laid up in hospital, they should be ashamed of themselves. Absolute cowards.”
A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “An investigation is underway following reports a male and a female were injured in Croxteth this evening, Thursday 31st October.
“We were called at 7.50pm following reports that shots had been fired at a black VW Golf as it travelled along Sceptre Road. A short time later the car was in collision with a 12 year-old female pedestrian.
“Shortly after the incident a male presented at hospital with a facial injury. The injury is not believed to be life threatening.
“The female pedestrian has also been taken to hospital for treatment for her injuries.
“Her injuries are described as serious but not life threatening.”
Chief Inspector Mark Everard said: “This investigation is in its very early stages and enquiries are being carried out to establish exactly what has taken place.
“I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Sceptre Road this evening who saw anyone or anything suspicious or captured anything on dash-cam footage to contact us as they may be able to assist with the investigation.
“Firearms have no place on the streets of Merseyside and we are committed to finding the people responsible for using them and bringing them to justice.”
In a wide-ranging statement on Thursday evening addressing anti-social behaviour on Halloween, Superintendent Paddy Kelly called the incident “serious”.
He said: “[It] was reported at around 7:50pm that a man had been shot whilst driving on Sceptre Road, Croxteth. A short time later, the car collided with a 12 year old girl who was out trick or treating.
“This is an extremely worrying incident, where the offender/s have shown no thought for the general public and has resulted in an innocent young girl, who was out enjoying herself, experiencing this traumatic ordeal.”
Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPol, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting log 977 of 31st October