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Man arrested after father shot dead picking up daughter from dance class

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a father as he waited to pick up his daughter from dance class.

James Taylor, 34, was shot dead in his car as he waited on Holy Cross Close, in Liverpool, at 8pm on February 7.

Witnesses described hearing a number of gunshots, while police said that they believed it was a ‘targeted attack’.

Undated family handout photo issued by Merseyside Police of James Taylor, 34 from Liverpool, named by police as the man who was shot dead in Liverpool city centre as he waited for his daughter outside a dance school. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday February 8, 2019. Emergency services were called to Holy Cross Close at about 8pm on Thursday to reports of shots being fired. On arrival, police discovered the victim who was pronounced dead at the scene. The man's daughter was attending a children's dance class at the nearby Marybone Youth and Community Centre. See PA story POLICE HolyCross. Photo credit should read: Merseyside Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
James Taylor, 34, was killed as he waited for his daughter (Picture: PA)
MERCURY PRESS. 8/2/19. Liverpool, UK. Pictured: A large CSI tent on Holy Cross Close in Liverpool city centre this morning. A murder investigation has been launched after a man was shot dead in Liverpool yesterday evening (Thursday, Feb 7). A man in his thirties was pronounced dead after emergency services were called to the Holy Cross Close in the city centre at around 8pm. The man's family have been informed but he is yet to be formally identified. SEE MERCURY COPY
Police called the shooting a ‘vile act’ (Picture: Iain Watts/ Mercury Press & Media)

A male suspect, 35, was arrested on February 9, Merseyside police confirmed.

Earlier this week, officers raided four properties across Liverpool as part of their investigation.

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The day after the attack Det Chief Supt Mark Kameen said: ‘The victim was sat in vehicle waiting for his daughter at a dance academy when he was approached and a firearm was discharged.



‘Casings recovered at the scene relate to a handgun but I must stress we are still at the early stages at our investigation.

‘One of the particularly aggravating and horrific elements to this shooting, no shooting is acceptable in Merseyside, but the fact is there was children in the area and the victim’s own daughter was in the dance school.

‘This is a vile act which has crossed a line.’



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