Family pay emotional tribute to ‘loving’ man shot dead in ‘targeted attack’

The family of a man shot dead in a suspected targeted attack have paid tribute to him as a "loving son" and "devoted stepdad”.

Stephen Maguire, 27, died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen following the shooting in Birkdale, Southport, on Monday.

Merseyside Police said emergency services were called to a home in Guildford Road shortly after 11.35pm to reports of a shooting.

Mr Maguire, from Birkdale, had been shot twice, in the leg and abdomen, with a handgun.

A woman and a six-year-old child were reportedly upstairs at the time of the incident, police previously said.

It is understood the shooting may have happened downstairs or just outside the house.

The attackers left the scene in a dark-coloured Mercedes, in the direction of New Cut Lane, but at least one of them is believed to have left on a scrambler bike.

Ambulance crews treated Mr Maguire but he was pronounced dead in hospital.

Stephen’s partner Megan said: "Stephen was the most caring and loving boyfriend.

"Not only that, he was my best friend.

"He was a devoted stepdad to Keisha, who gave the best cuddles and will always be loved and remembered as an amazing man.

"Goodnight baby I love you forever.”

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In a statement released by Merseyside Police on Friday, Mr Maguire's family said: “Stephen was an adored son to his mother and father and an amazing brother to his two brothers and three sisters.

"Stephen's unconditional love for his dogs was well known and they were never from his side.

"He would do anything to protect his family and friends, without a second thought for himself.

"Stephen was a selfless person who wouldn't hesitate to offer help to anyone, whether family, friends or complete strangers.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Merseyside Police.

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