Woman, 28, shot dead in garden was ‘not intended target’ as tributes pour in

A woman who was shot dead in her garden was "not intended target" as tributes pour in after the tragic shooting.

Ashley Dale, 28, had suffered gunshot wounds with emergency services rushing to the back garden to administer medical treatment before taking her to hospital, where she was sadly pronounced dead.

Merseyside Police confirmed that they believe the attack on the address was targeted but that the 28-year-old Knowsley Council employee was not the intended target.

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There were reports for concerns for her safety made at around 12:40am on Sunday (August 21)

Tributes have now been made to the "beautiful" and "lovely" Ashley on Facebook.

Neighbours and friends took to Facebook in tribute of Ashley, with Paige Elizabeth writing "Heart breaking this. Rip Ashley taken far too young."

Another commenter, Kayleigh Elizabeth Crowe, replied: "Such a lovely girl."

One commenter for the LiverpoolEcho said: "She is absolutely stunningly, beautiful like a model. What a waste of a clearly beautiful life she was living."

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said that the "shocking incident" had frightened the community and that investigations would leave "no stone unturned" in bringing the responsible parties to justice.

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Detective Chief Superintendent Kameen said: "This clearly was a very shocking incident which has led to the death of a young woman.

"I understand how frightening incidents like this can seem to ordinary members of the public".

He added: "Gun crime has no place on the streets of Merseyside and we will leave no stone unturned to bring those responsible for justice. An investigation is underway and a number of lines of enquiry are currently being investigated.

"The community, as always, are our eyes and ears and we know that there may be people living locally who saw or heard something in the early hours which may prove to be significant to our investigation."

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