The tragic shooting of a woman in a pub on Christmas Eve has been captured in horrific CCTV footage and sparked pleas for gun violence to stop ravaging communities. Elle Edwards, 26, was fatally shot in the head on Christmas Eve outside the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey Village. She is not believed to have been the intended target. Four other people were also injured in the incident, with a 28-year-old man from Beechwood, Wirral continuing to receive treatment.
At least 12 gunshots can be heard ringing out on the evening of December 24 in footage obtained by Sky News. It goes on to show shocked and distressed pub-goers leaving the scene.
A friend and colleague of Ms Edwards, Britt Hughes, has told the Sun how they had “so many amazing memories” together before adding the heart-breaking plea, “When will people stop the shooting?”
Yesterday, police revealed in a statement that detectives had arrested a 30-year-old man from Tranmere and a 19-year-old woman from Rock Ferry on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.
Speaking about the arrests, Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs from Major Crime Investigations said, “We have made two arrests in connection with this cold-blooded shooting.
Elle’s parents, Tim and Gaynor, have left flowers at the scene, and other friends, family, politicians, and community leaders have also paid tribute to her.
The Sun go on to report that her sister, Lucy, posted an emotional tribute on Instagram saying: “My beautiful sister, my bestest friend, my second mummy and my rock.
“I love and miss you so, so much already. My Elle May.”
Dame Angela Eagle, the MP for Wallasey, has said “I think it is important that police and community partners come together in the aftermath of this extremely shocking and awful tragedy where a young woman has lost her life.
“It is absolutely heart-breaking for Elle’s family and what they are currently going through.
Leader of Wirral Borough Council, Cllr Jeanette Williams, has also added: “We have come together to reassure residents in Wallasey Village following this horrendous and abhorrent incident.
“This is a one-off occurrence which is out of character for the area, and police and council are here to provide reassurance and support to residents in the village.
“Our hearts go out to the family of Elle at this tragic time as they deal with the loss of their loved one.
A mobile police station has been set up in the local area to reassure the public, and uniformed police continue to patrol Wallasey Village.
Wirral’s Community Policing lead, Superintendent Matthew Moscrop, said: “Police officers, council representatives and local councillors talked with residents following this truly shocking shooting on Christmas Eve.
“The common sentiment from residents was sympathy for the family of Elle, who have tragically lost their loved one.
“Residents understood the need for us to carry out our work and that road closures are in place while investigations continue.
“People also appreciated the support from ourselves, the council, councillors and Dame Angela Eagle MP during this tragic time. We shall maintain an increased police presence to reassure people in the wake of this event.”
Superintendent Moscrop also appealed for anyone with details of the incident to come forward, saying: “We urge anyone with information, no matter how small, to contact us, supporting the investigation and helping to find justice for Elle, her family and others injured or otherwise affected.
“This is not the time for anyone who knows who is responsible for this shooting to stay quiet. Do the right thing and contact us with information.”