Manhunt launched after woman, 19, killed in shooting

A murder probe has been launched after a young woman was killed in a suspected shooting in a Lancashire town.

Officers were called to the scene at about 3pm after receiving reports of a woman being shot. Armed police, including a helicopter, and emergency services were scrambled to the incident on King Street and Bank Top in Blackburn.

The young woman was found ‘unresponsive’ near a Lidl supermarket and rushed to hospital with ‘serious injuries’. However, she died a short while later.

Formal identification has yet to take place but officers believe the victim was a 19-year-old from the town. It is thought she died from a gunshot wound but a post-mortem will determine the cause of death in due course.

Following the incident, witnesses said a Toyota Avensis – thought to be light-coloured or possibly metallic green – was seen fleeing the scene, said police.

No arrests have been made and officers are appealing to the public for information.

Police remain at the scene as they continue their investigation.

Lancashire Police said: ‘The woman was taken to hospital but was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.

‘Formal identification has yet to take place but we believe her to be a 19-year-old woman from Blackburn. Her family have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers.

‘A Home Office post mortem will take place in due course to establish the cause of death, though it is thought at this time that she died from a gunshot wound.

‘Following the incident it was reported that a vehicle – thought to be a light-coloured, possibly metallic green, Toyota Avensis – had been seen leaving the scene. A car matching the same description was later recovered from Wellington Road.’

Anyone who has information regarding the incident is asked to contact police ‘urgently’ on 101, quoting log 817 of May 17th.