Guardian News and Media/London
A murder investigation is under way after a former junior world kickboxing champion was shot dead in a “cold-blooded, targeted attack” outside a chip shop in Liverpool.
Witnesses said Aaron Lewis appeared to have been shot nine times outside Anna Jung’s in Grosvenor Road, Wavertree, at about 7pm on Wednesday.
A short time later, a 19-year-old man believed to have been with the victim admitted himself to hospital with a gunshot wound to his upper body.
The shootings took place as a Crimestoppers campaign was launched to tackle gun crime in Merseyside, following the first rise in firearms incidents in three years.
Lewis, from Toxteth, is believed to be the son of the former world champion kickboxer Alfie Lewis, who runs the Mushin Kai freestyle karate club in Liverpool.
Aaron Lewis was once a promising young athlete and won a gold medal in the world kickboxing championships aged 12.
He is the fourth man to be shot dead in Liverpool since April 2016. Last week, Thomas Baker, 44, from Everton, was shot while leaving his gym near the meat and fish market in the Old Swan area of the city. He was later pronounced dead.
Merseyside police said Aaron was taken to Aintree university hospital with serious gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead.
Detectives believe the attacker ran down Grosvenor Road towards the city centre and have asked for witnesses to contact them.
A woman, who asked not to be named, said she tended to the victim while waiting for emergency services to arrive.
“He had about nine shots in him and I held my hands with pressure over the wound while another girl pumped his chest,” she told the Liverpool Echo.
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