Liverpool fan shot dead in his car with handgun while waiting for daughter

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A Liverpool FC fan was shot dead in his car while waiting for his daughter.

James Taylor, 34, suffered 20 gunshot wounds from a lone gunman as he sat in his Mercedes Van.

The LiverpoolEcho reported that Taylor was shot at point blank range with a handgun, with police making 17 arrests.

Many of his wounds may have been caused by ricocheting, which is common when guns are fired into cars at close range.

Senior coroner for Liverpool and Wirral Andre Rebello told the court that despite the large number of arrests there was insufficient evidence to charge.

He said: "Society needs someone taken out of circulation for making children orphaned, a wife widowed and making a mother see their son die before them.”

Mr Rebello found that Mr Taylor was "unlawfully killed" and urged people who may hold vital information to come forward.

Last month the ECHO revealed that a Liverpool businessman currently serving out a prison sentence was arrested in relation to the crime.

The Liverpool man, 43, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder at a prison in the north west in February. The sentence he is currently serving is not linked to the death of James Taylor.

The businessman is well known with Liverpool's property and development community.

In February the ECHO revealed that a notorious crime gang from the Everton area was linked to murder. Mr Taylor, who had grown up in the L5 area, is thought to have been targeted as a result of dispute rooted in the Everton area.

Police confirmed that Mr Taylor died in a "targeted and planned attack".

Police have said the gunman is thought to have left the scene in a black Ford Fiesta which was driven to Summer Seatin Vauxhall and then torched.

Detectives also arrested a 26-year-old man from Anfield on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. Two Salford men aged 50 and 34 also voluntarily attended for interview at a police station.

All four men were released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Detectives are also keen to speak to the driver of a White Ford Transit van seen driving off from Freemasons Row shortly after the shooting.

A blue taxi, Audi A3 "Black Edition" and a dark coloured Land Rover were also seen in the area on the day of the shooting.

Police believe the drivers of these vehicles could all have "vital information".

James's family have described him as a devoted family man "who died doing what he did best, being a devoted father".

Police have urged anyone with information about the murder to contact detectives directly via this link.

Information can also be passed on via @MerPolCC, by calling 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/give-information-anonymously with crime reference 19100038615.

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