A teenage boy has been arrested in connection with two shootings on Merseyside.
Police swooped to arrest the 16-year-old after stopping a taxi on Peel Road in Bootle last night.
The Kirkby teen is suspected of being in possession of a gun after two separate shootings this summer.
These include shots being fired on South Road, Waterloo at around 10pm on May 7.
Residents reported hearing loud bangs and the street, which is populated with a number of bars and restaurants, was sealed off between Mount Pleasant and Albert Road.
One Waterloo local, who did not wish to be named, said Merseyside Police officers could be seen 'looking for evidence' inside the cordon.
He said local business owners were told not to leave their premises while officers carried out their enquiries at the scene.
Witnesses said as many as 10 police vehicles were sent to the scene.
The second incident relates to shots being fired in in Elm Gardens in Seaforth on June 9.
A Merseyside Police spokesman said: "Operation Target officers stopped a taxi on Peel Road in Bootle last night, Wednesday 10th July, as part of a day of multi-agency day of action held in the Bootle area yesterday."
He added: "The 16 year-old, who is from the Kirkby area, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm in relation to a firearms discharge at South Road, Crosby on May 7 and a damage only discharge in Elm Gardens in Seaforth on June 9."
The arrest came as part of Operation Target aimed at bringing a blitz on gangs blighting our streets.
As a result of yesterday’s action, seven warrants were carried out and a number of arrests made, including a 34-year-old man from Litherland arrested on suspicion of theft of a motorbike, a 35-year-old woman from Bootle arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs and possession of cannabis. Both have been released under investigation.
Others voluntarily attended police stations in relation to drug and money laundering offences.
The day of action saw Merseyside Police working alongside Sefton Council and local housing trusts in areas of Bootle which have seen serious incidents of violence recently, including gun crime, arson and violence.
Special police powers have been in place in Kirkby allowing police to stop and search anyone, following the stabbing murder of James Halewood in the town on Sunday.
Superintendent Graeme Robson, Area Commander for Sefton said: “We had a successful day yesterday, working with our partners, to take action following incidents of serious violence in the Bootle community.
“I would like to thank the public for their patience while we carried out warrants, searches and stop checks in their neighbourhoods and I hope they felt reassured by our presence and proactivity.
“Operation Target is an important tool for Merseyside Police to show that serious and violent crime will not be tolerated on our streets and we will take action.”