TWO teenagers who were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the shooting in Birkenhead have been released under investigation.

Emergency services were called at around 4.10pm on Tuesday, November 26 to nearby the Shell Garage on Borough Road following reports of gunshots.

A man was admitted to hospital with non life-threatening shoulder and leg injuries a short time later.

Police believe the incident was targeted and an investigation into the full circumstances is ongoing.

A 19-year-old man and 17-year-old male both from Wirral were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a gun on Wednesday, November 27.

Both males have since been released under investigation.

Superintendent Gary O’Rourke said: "This investigation is still ongoing and we still need people to come forward with any information about the incident.

“I would also like to remind the community that incidents like this are rare and we are doing all we can to take firearms off our streets.

"What we do know is that most of the community in Birkenhead are law abiding and they are keen to help us and we really appreciate their patience and input while our investigation is going on.

"Our officers are working around the clock, walking the streets, talking to the community, gathering information, searching for guns, and looking for criminal activity in an effort to put a stop to reckless behaviour by criminal groups. We will not stop until we know our communities are safer places to live and work.

"We have extra patrols out in Birkenhead and we are also talking to members of the community to find information to help with our investigation.

"90% of firearms discharges are carried out by serious organised crime groups who deal drugs in the area and we need your help to stop this happening around people, including innocent young children, going about their normal daily activities.

"Talk to us, tell us what you know. If you don’t want to talk to us you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

"The more information we have from the community the stronger we are together to fight gun crime in our neighbourhoods."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police via social media @MerPolCC or call 101.

You can also speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.