A man and woman have been arrested in connection with the “cold blood” murder of Elle Edwards, a beautician who was shot in the head in a pub on Christmas Eve.
Ms Edwards, 26, is not believed to have been the target of the attack on the lighthouse at Wallasey Village in Merseyside.
Police said on Boxing Day that two suspects were taken into custody where they will be questioned by detectives.
A 30-year-old man from Tranmere has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, Merseyside Police said.
The force added that a 19-year-old woman from Rock Ferry has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.
Major Crime Investigations Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs said: “We have made two arrests in connection with this cold-blooded shooting.
“Elle’s family is still coming to terms with their tragic loss and our specially trained family liaison officers are supporting them.
“We will not rest until we have brought those responsible to justice and I urge anyone with information to get in touch with us.”
Flowers and other tributes were laid at the scene of the shooting, which also left one man in critical condition and injured three others.
A pink and green floral heart-shaped plaque read: “Special daughter, the happiness you brought in your own special way will be remembered with love every day.”
Friends who were in the pub that night described feeling “numb” when they learned Ms Edwards had been shot.
They told Sky News they initially thought the gunfire was celebratory fireworks as the incident happened just before midnight, but they said things soon changed and “automatically everyone just stopped”.
When asked what memories they have of their friend, they described them as “so funny,” adding, “There’s never been a time we’ve been outside that we haven’t had a ball.”
“Do the right thing and get in touch when you have information”
People have been urged to “do the right thing and speak up” if they have any information about the fatal shooting.
Merseyside Police and local councils said people should not be “silent” or “silent” if they have useful knowledge about the murder.
Police and community leaders gathered Monday to speak to and support residents of Wallasey Village.
Officials were joined by local councillors, Wirral Council representatives and the region’s Office of MPs Dame Angela Eagle “to show their support for residents at this tragic time”.
They called people’s homes in the streets around the village “to provide reassurance and to give residents an opportunity to voice their concerns,” Merseyside Police said.
Superintendent Matthew Moscrop said: “We urge anyone with information, no matter how small, to contact us, assist the investigation and help find justice for Elle, her family and others who have been injured or otherwise affected.
“This is not the time for anyone who knows who is responsible for this shooting to remain silent. Do the right thing and contact us with information.’
Wirral Borough Council leader Jeanette Williams described the shooting as “terrible and abhorrent”.
She said it was a “one off event, not typical of the region”.
She added: “Our hearts go out to Elle’s family at this tragic time as they cope with the loss of their loved one.
“If you have any information, do the right thing and speak up or you will be complicit in the young woman’s murder.
‘And nobody can sit in silence.’
Councilor Lesley Rennie said residents were “shamed of what happened” and that the murder “appears to be a completely random act of violence with people enjoying Christmas Eve with family and friends”.
Police said officers had increased their presence in Birkenhead, Woodchurch and Wallasey over the past two days “in direct response to the fatal shooting”.
Ms Edwards is said to have worked at a local beauty salon – Nova Studio – who posted on Instagram: “Absolutely speechless… Heaven has won the most beautiful angel.
“We are all heartbroken and thinking of all your family right now Elle, thank you for all the laughs and happiness you have brought into our lives. Rest in paradise angels, love from your team at nova.”
Dozens of people replied to the post. One said: “Elle was such a beautiful girl inside and out, I’m so sorry for your loss.”
Another said: “Rest in paradise our beautiful angel. Always in our hearts forever and ever.’
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/12/26/elle-edwards-man-and-woman-arrested-over-cold-blooded-murder-17998928/ Elle Edwards: husband and wife arrested for 'cold blood' murder