Date: 5 Jun 2010
Place: Crosby Road North, Crosby
Paul Pike was shot in his car at traffic lights in Merseyside on 5 June 2010.
He was stopped at some traffic lights in a red Ford Transit van when two men in a silver-coloured Audi TT car pulled up and shot him several times at about 11.20pm. They then drove off but came back and fired some more shots.
His girlfriend had been in the van with him and when the shots were fired she had run off screaming.
The silver-coloured Audi TT was later found burnt out in Fairfield, off Endbutt Lane.
A man that lived in Glendower Road said, 'I heard a sound and I thought it was fireworks until I looked outside. I saw a car fly past with no lights so they must have turned around to go back again. I noticed the windows of the van were shattered on both sides. Then there were people around it screaming and shouting. The Liver Pub, which is right next to the lights, was packed because it was a sunny day and people were pouring out to see what had happened. There were bullet holes in the side of the van. There must have been at least five or six shots. The girl was in a white dress and she got out of the van screaming and ran away. They were doing CPR on him and shouting ‘stay with us’ but then they covered him with a blanket'.
The police chief superintendent said, 'We believe the offender came from behind and pulled alongside the deceased’s van. We’re not sure whether anybody got out or how many got out but they did fire a number of shots into the vehicle. The car did one initial shooting, pulled forward and appeared to turn and go back again. We believe that the offenders’ vehicle made off from this scene along Stuart Road to Endbutt Lane and Fairview. They parked the car there, two individuals got out and set fire to the vehicle. They were seen to make off from the scene'.
Police said that they did not know what the motive was but said that Paul Pike was known to them and that he had previously served a four year prison sentence in January 2006 after being convicted of the robbery at the home of a Chinese restaurant owner.
The silver Audi TT had previously been stolen from North Wales.
A 24-year-old man was arrested in relation to the murder but not charged.