A young beautician shot dead outside a pub on Christmas Eve has reportedly been caught in the crossfire between warring drug gangs.
Innocent Elle Edwards was killed in a hail of bullets while enjoying a night out with friends in the outside seating area of the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey. She was shot in the head and died in hospital hours before Christmas Day.
Police have arrested a 30-year-old man for murder and a 19-year-old woman for conspiracy to murder. It is believed the shooter had been tipped off that a man he had had a falling out with a few days earlier was at the pub.
Four men were also shot in the incident, one of whom is believed to be the target. He is believed to be in critical condition in hospital.
Elle Edwards, 26, was enjoying Christmas Eve with her friends at the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey when a gunman burst in and shot her in the head around 11.50pm.
Mrs Edwards out for a walk with her father, Tim, while they were on holiday together
A 19-year-old woman, who was arrested for conspiracy to murder, reportedly called the suspect to tell him the man who attacked him days earlier was at the Lighthouse pub.
The shooter reportedly arrived at the pub and opened fire ten minutes before midnight – before fleeing in a black Mercedes.
Merseyside’s police chief has promised his force will be “relentless” in bringing those responsible for Elle Edwards’ murder to justice.
Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said those responsible for the Christmas Eve shooting were “cowards” for resorting to such violence and said they “deserve to see every Christmas behind bars”.
“She was doing what any member of the community should be able to do on Christmas Eve – just having fun with friends and her sister and celebrating the festivities,” she said.
Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said those responsible for the Christmas Eve shooting were “cowards” for using such violence and said they “deserve to see every Christmas behind bars”. Police Chief Kennedy is pictured in August 2022
Ms Edwards had been celebrating Christmas at the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey, a village near Liverpool, with her sister and friends when she was shot in the head at around 11.50pm.
Partygoers were desperately tired performing CPR on the 26-year-old beautician in an attempt to save her life, but Ms Edwards died at the scene.
Four other people inside the pub suffered gunshot wounds that evening.
Chief Constable Kennedy said: “As a mother of two daughters, who are the same age as Elle, I can’t begin to understand what they are going through right now, but I know they will be wearing the heavy loss of Her for the rest of their lives and there will always be a great part of their life missing.
Describing those responsible as ‘cowards’, she added in a hard-hitting statement: ‘Detectives are continuing their investigations and they will be relentless in their work to establish what led to the Christmas Eve incident and who was responsible for it. this sickening and heart-breaking incident that has ruined so many lives and resulted in the loss of a beautiful young woman.
“On Christmas Day morning I went to Wallasey Village to speak to officers and members of the public and witnessed first hand the devastating impact this has had on the residents of Wallasey Village.
“The use of guns, violence and intimidation have no place in our communities, and sadly, we often see guns being used to solve petty and pathetic problems.” These people are cowards, who think the only way to resolve an argument is through violence, they don’t have the strength or the resolve to work things out and stop things from reaching such an ugly conclusion and devastating.
Merseyside’s police chief has promised his force will be “relentless” in bringing those responsible for Elle Edwards’ murder to justice. Pictured: A police officer looks at the floral tributes outside the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey Village
Elle Edwards’ father Tim Edwards pays a floral tribute to his daughter on Monday outside the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey Village where she was killed on Christmas Eve
The Merseyside Police Chief added that ‘everyone involved in staging this shooting, pulling the trigger and supplying the gun deserves to see every Christmas behind bars’.
“We will be relentless in our commitment to finding justice for Her and her family.”
Police Chief Kennedy also reiterated that anyone with information about those responsible for the horrific shooting should report to law enforcement.
She pleaded that they “stop and think about the heartbreak and pain that has been caused” and if they know who did this to “do the right thing and let us know”.
The police chief was also able to confirm that police were “pursuing a number of positive investigative leads in relation to the murder”.
“The more information we have to build the picture of what happened overnight, the better.” I would like to reiterate our previous calls for any dashboard, CCTV or mobile phone video of anyone who lives, works or was in the Wallasey Village area on the night of Christmas Eve to come forward.
Chief Constable Kennedy reiterated that anyone with information about those responsible for the horrific death of Elle Edwards (pictured) should report to the police
Elle Edwards’ parents left her a heartbreaking tribute after she was killed at the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey Village on Christmas Eve. Her parents wrote: “To my beautiful Elle, you are the light of my life, you will never leave”
Ms Edwards’ father Tim visited the scene of his daughter’s death at the Lighthouse Inn in Wallasey Village today to pay his respects with flowers
Friends of Elle Edwards have since recounted the horrors of the shooting in the crowded pub on Christmas Eve, describing how she sang and danced before hearing bangs ‘like fireworks’ before seeing her lying on ground.
Jess, a friend who was with her when she was shot, told Sky News: “We went for a drink and we were at the bar and we just heard bangs, like fireworks. We had danced and sang and now she’s on the floor.
‘We were so happy. It happened so fast, I can’t get it out of my head. I wish we could have done more, but we couldn’t have done anything else.
Ms Edwards’ sister Lucy lives in Dubai but had returned home to celebrate Christmas with her family. She left the pub before her sister was shot.
In a touching post on her Instagram, she said: “My sister in law, my best friend, my second mom and my rock. I love and miss you so, so much already. My Elle May.
Friend Jess said: ‘People were around her trying to help her – but there’s nothing you can do. I just felt grateful that I was still there, but I felt guilty because I was with my family on Christmas and they weren’t.
Referring to Ms Edwards’ sister leaving the pub early, she added: ‘It plays on your mind – if she should have gone home too.
Meg, another friend who did not give her last name, said: ‘We had been dancing and singing. I have videos of all of us that I can’t stop watching. We were so happy.
When asked what memories they had of their friend, they described her as “so funny”, adding, “There was never a time when we went out where we didn’t have fun.”
Jess (right), a friend who was with Ms Edwards when she was shot, told Sky News: ‘We went for a drink and we were in the bar and we just heard bangs, like fireworks ‘artifice”
Ms Edwards’ father Tim visited the scene on Tuesday to lay flowers amid the growing sea of tributes left outside the pub as his family described her as ‘the light of our lives’.
“To my beautiful Elle, you are the light of my life, you will never leave,” her parents wrote.
On Monday, police and community leaders came together to speak out and support the residents of Wallasey Village.
The officers were joined by local councillors, representatives from Wirral Council and the office of Area MP Dame Angela Eagle “to show their support for residents during this tragic time”.
They called people’s homes on the roads surrounding the village “to reassure and give residents an opportunity to voice their concerns”.