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Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was reportedly shot dead before his two attackers fled the scene on electric bikes.

Officers from Merseyside Police rushed to Lavrock Bank in Toxteth, Liverpool at 11.40pm on Tuesday (August 16) after receiving reports that a man believed to be in his 20s had suffered a gunshot wound to his upper body.

After giving him CPR at the scene, the man was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead a short while later.

A hunt has now begun to locate the two people thought to be responsible for the killing. A police statement said both were wearing dark clothing.

Forensic inspections have now begun at the scene, while house-to-house inquiries remain ongoing and examination of CCTV footage is expected to begin soon to track the suspects.

The incident unfolded at around 11:40pm on Thursday (August 16) ( Getty)

Chief Inspector Col Rooney said: “The investigation is in its infancy and officers are working hard to establish the circumstances surrounding the shooting and to identify those responsible.

“I understand this will be shocking for the local community, but I would like to reassure them that we have increased patrols in the area and we are carrying out a number of lines of enquiry.

“If anyone has any information that would help us with our investigation, or who saw or heard anything suspicious before or after the incident I would encourage them to come forward and tell us what they know.

The inspector also asked anyone with CCTV or smart doorbell footage that could help their enquiries to “get in touch urgently.”

A Home Office post mortem will now be carried out to establish the cause of death.

Anyone with information is asked to send a direct message to @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK, or alternatively can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting log 1259 of 16 August.