Officers are appealing for information after a man was shot in Skelmersdale last Friday night.
The victim, a 22-year-old local man left the Tanner Pub on Elmridge Road at around 11:30pm along with two friends.
The three men were approached by two other men on bicycles, who were then chased by the three men who had left the pub, into the pedestrian subway along the path between Aaron Crest Care Home and the Tanner Pub.
At that point a group of around six or seven youths dressed in dark clothing with hoods up and faces covered confronted the three men.
Shots were then fired and one of the three men was injured.
Det Insp Warren Atkinson said: “We would like to reassure the public that we believe both parties are known to each other and this was not a random attack. No other members of the public were in the area at the time of the shooting.
“This investigation is being led by a dedicated team of detectives based in Skelmersdale and we are doing all we can to identify those responsible and remove the weapon that was used off the streets.
“If you believe you have any information that you believe may assist the enquiry please contact us.”
Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting reference number LC-20140823-0807 .
Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.