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Police say an incident took place near Burrows Court in Eldonian Village, Liverpool on 15 NovemberGetty

Merseyside Police have launched a murder investigation after a 16-year-old boy was shot dead in Liverpool on the night of 15 November. The teenager, whose next-of-kin have been informed, was found by a member of the public and taken to the Royal Liverpool Hospital where he passed away.

"Officers were called to reports of a shooting on a towpath near Burrows Court, Eldonian Village, just before 11.10pm GMT," a Merseyside Police statement said.

"The scene has been cordoned off whilst forensic examinations are carried out and house-to-house inquiries are underway in the area.

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"The investigation is in its early stages and at this stage detectives are trying to establish a motive for the shooting. High visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area to reassure the public."

Anyone with information is asked to call the specialist Matrix team on 0800 230 0600, or the confidential Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.