Shocking cctv has emerged which was captured on Stanley Road in Kirkdale and shows three men jumping out of a car and running away as shots are fired recklessly at anyone present.
The gunman can be seen riding along the road on a bike, which he jumps off before opening fire.
Those inside the vehicle attempt to flee on foot before the driver pulls away from the scene.
Merseyside Police became aware of a shooting after two men, one in his 20s and one in his 30s, attended the Royal with gunshot wounds to their hands and legs at around 12.50am on Wednesday 8th September 2021.
Their injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
They remained in hospital this evening.
Inquiries led detectives to believe they were attacked on Stanley Road, where a trail of blood was found near the junction with Pansy Street.
The area was cordoned off and examined by forensics officers on Wednesday.
A police cordon was also set up outside part of the Royal.
Footage appearing to have recorded the incident has since emerged online and has been widely shared on social media.
The film shows a gunman jumping from the back of a bike before opening fire on a car parked on Stanley Road.
Three men get out of the vehicle – one attempting to hide behind it while being shot at with a handgun – and run away.
The gunman is seen to chase them, firing at least one shot as he begins his pursuit.
Detective Inspector John Fitzgerald, from the force’s Firearms Investigation Team, said: “We’re working to piece together exactly what happened and so are keen to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of Stanley Road and Pansy Street around midnight and saw or heard anything, either the shooting itself or any people making away from the area, and vehicle details.
In Recent days Police have seen a number of firearms removed from the streets, and in recent months a downturn in these types of incidents.
But this comes only a week after firearms were found in Merseyside.
A loaded revolver and a deactivated Mach 10 Machine gun have been seized from homes across Merseyside.
Officers investigating firearms offences found the loaded silver revolver on Wednesday, August 1, at an address in Wheatfield Close, in Netherley.
A 28 year-old man and a 28 year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm following the find.
Later that same day, just after 7.30pm, a second warrant was executed at a property on The Causeway, in Southport.
Detectives found a deactivated Mach 10 Machine gun and component ammunition parts.
A 30 year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession of firearm offences.
Both the man and women are in custody and enquiries are being carried out by the Firearms Investigation Team.
The firearms are now being forensically recovered by investigators.
Detective Inspector John Fitzgerald said: “We remain determined to remove dangerous weapons from our streets as we know they can used to cause fear and harm and devastate our communities.
“Both of these weapons have been forensically recovered and enquiries remain ongoing.
“Information about where weapons are being stored is vital to the work we do to protect our communities.