Heartbroken loved ones pay tribute to make-up artist, 26, shot dead in horrifying ‘drive-by’ pub shooting | The Sun

TRIBUTES have poured in to a "beautiful" innocent woman gunned down on Christmas Eve in an apparent drive-by shooting.

Elle Edwards, 26, was shot dead while enjoying a night out at a pub with her sister and friends on the Wirral, Merseyside.

It is believed a gunman open fired from a car at guests at the Lighthouse Inn, Wallasey, at around 11.50pm before fleeing the scene.

Elle and four men were rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds following the horror.

The beautician, who had been shot in the head, was later pronounced dead while one man remains in hospital fighting for his life.

In a heartbreaking tribute, her family said they have been left "devastated and inconsolable".

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And writing on Facebook, pal Tyreece Hon said: "My heart goes out to your family who took me in as a son love you loads.

"Shine bright you crazy diamond."

While colleague Britt Hughes wrote: "Rest in perfect peace my beautiful els bels I can’t physically cope with this but your life will forever leave a imprint on mine."

And the beauty studio where Elle worked wrote on Instagram: "Heaven gained the most beautiful angel… we are all heartbroken, thinking of all of your family right now Elle."

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I can't physically cope with this… your life will forever leave a imprint on mine

Officers confirmed a 22-year-old man received leg injuries, a 24-year-old man sustained a hand injury, and a 33-year-old man suffered an injury to his wrist.

Merseyside Police detective superintendent Sue Coombs said the alleged gunman fired shots through the front of the pub before making off in a dark vehicle, possibly a Mercedes Benz.

Cops believe Elle, who was shot in the head, is not thought to have been targeted.

They are now appealing to the public to come forward with any information.

In a statement, DS Coombes added: "She was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital but sadly passed away shortly afterwards.


"Her family have been informed and on today, which should be a day with friends celebrating, they are coming to terms with this tragic loss.

"It's very early stages of the investigation, but we do not believe that the victim in this case has been targeted.

"She was out enjoying Christmas with her sister and friends at what should have been a peaceful time.

"What her family are now going through is incomprehensible."

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The pub has called the shooting "a tragedy beyond words" in a statement.

It added: "All our thoughts are with the friends and family of our customers and in particular our hearts go out to the family of our customer who has lost her life."

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