Man shot dead in Liverpool was prisoner on day release

Police have revealed that a man gunned down in front of his girlfriend by a cyclist in Liverpool was a prisoner on day release.

Carl Russell was shot dead in the Belle Vale area of the city over the weekend as he and his partner were getting out of a car.

The 27-year-old had been serving a sentence at HMP Thorn Cross, a category D open jail in Warrington, and a spokesman for the prison said it was assisting Merseyside Police with the investigation.

Police attend scene of fatal shooting in Belle Vale, Liverpool

Officers are still appealing for more information about the targeted shooting, which happened in Cornwood Close shortly before 11.30am on Sunday.

Two men from Belle Vale, aged 33 and 29, were arrested in connection with the murder and were released pending further inquiries on Tuesday.

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