A murder investigation has been launched after a teenager was shot in the head while riding a motorbike. James Meadows died in hospital after the incident in Huyton, Liverpool, on Sunday.
Police last night confirmed that initial reports said that the 17-year-old had died falling off of the bike he was riding as a pillion passenger. However a hospital scan found his injuries were consistent with having been shot.
Merseyside Police issued a statement which said: ‘A murder investigation has been launched after 17-year-old James Meadows, who was critically injured in Huyton on Sunday, was pronounced deceased this evening.
‘A Home Office post mortem will be carried out and James’ family have been informed.’ A huge police cordon remained in place around the scene in Lyme Cross Road last night as the ongoing investigation into the incident was upgraded to a murder hunt.
Tributes have already started to appear on social media to James who was described by a family friend as ‘a lovely little lad’.
Tracy Maguire said ‘RIP Jay taken away far to young, thinking of Harry and all the Meadows’.
Tributes included references to Mr Meadows’ nickname, Froggy, with Joe Mc-Kenna writing: ‘RIP Froggie bro, love ya lad’.
Louise Munro said: ‘RIP James, back in your mum’s arms x’.
James was taken to hospital in a critical condition after emergency services were called to Lthe scene at 9.40pm on Sunday, to reports a pillion passenger had fallen from a bike.
The rider of the motorbike did not stop at the scene and police are still trying to trace him.
One local resident said yesterday: ‘I was in bed and there was loads of police here. They knocked on my door and told me there had been an accident.
‘My daughter said she heard screeching of tyres before that but you get used to it around here as there is a lot of scrambler bikes.’
Police maintained a significant presence in the area throughout yesterday, with forensics officers examining the scene for evidence.
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