Police have launched a murder investigation after a man died following a shooting.

Officers were called around 7.35pm yesterday (February 8) to reports of a shooting in Peel Road, Skelmersdale.

Emergency services attended where they found a man with serious gunshot wounds. He later died in hospital.

The man has now been named at 33-year-old Lenny Scott, from Prescot, Merseyside.

Police believe the offender made off from the scene on a bike, believed to be either an e-bike or a scrambler bike.

No arrests have currently been made.

Det Ch Supt Pauline Stables, Lancashire Constabulary’s head of crime, said: “This is a shocking incident that has resulted in a man losing his life.

“We have launched a major investigation, and we have a team of both detectives and uniformed officers and staff working on this enquiry to try and establish exactly what has happened, to identify a motive for this shooting and to identify and arrest the offender.

“Incidents like this are extremely rare in Lancashire but we have increased patrols in the area, and if you have any information or concerns, please don’t hesitate to approach an officer.

“We’re now appealing to you to ask for your help. After the shooting, the suspect made off on a bike, thought to be either an e-bike or scrambler bike, wearing black clothing with an orange high-vis jacket. If you noticed anyone matching this description, or have seen any abandoned bikes in the area, please tell us as you could provide some vital information to our enquiries.

“If you were in the area yesterday evening and saw or heard anything suspicious either then, or in the days before the attack, no matter how insignificant you may think it to be, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting log 1089 of February 8. You can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.