Man accused of killing beautician in shooting at bar on Christmas Eve

A man is accused of killing cosmetologist Elle Edwards, who was fatally shot in a bar on Christmas Eve.

Connor Chapman, 22, was also charged by detectives twice with attempted murder and three times with unlawful and malicious injury with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Mr Chapman of Houghton Road, Woodchurch was also charged with possession of a firearm with the intent to endanger life, possession of ammunition with the intent to endanger life and using stolen property, namely a Mercedes A-Class.

The suspect was detained on Friday 13 January pending trial at the Wirral Adult Detention Court, Merseyside Police announced early Friday morning.

Authorities also said that a 23-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of aiding a criminal and has been released on bail pending further investigation.

Mrs Edwards was shot in the head shortly before midnight on 24 December while celebrating with her friends at the Lighthouse pub in Wirral, Wallasey Village. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

While the 26-year-old is not thought to have been the target of the shooting, which injured four others, police said the investigation is ongoing.

Mrs Edwards died after several shots were fired at the entrance to the bar.

“My beautiful Ellie Marlene, the love of my life, my best friend, will always shine, be beautiful and bright,” her father said in a statement read by a detective when she died.

Police had previously announced that a 30-year-old man from Tranmere, who had previously been arrested on suspicion of murdering Ms. Edwards, had been recalled to prison with a license.

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A 19-year-old woman from Rock Ferry, who was previously arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, is released on bail, while a 31-year-old man, who was arrested on 29 December on suspicion of murder conspiracy, is in custody.

The family’s full statement was read by Detective Inspector Sue Coombs on December 30.

“There was no one as beautiful as our Elle May — her looks, her smile, and the way she lights up a room as soon as you walk in,” the family said.

“There was such a thing about him that you fell in love with him as soon as you met him. Everyone who met Elle knew how special she was.

“His smile was contagious – everyone around him had a good time, loved his life and had so many great plans for the future.

“It was just getting started. Christmas and our family will never be the same again without him. He was the glue that held this big family together.

“We will love and miss him forever. Our Elle May, the most beautiful and brightest star out there, forever and always.

“The beautiful Elle Marlene is the love of my life and she is my world, my best friend.

“She will always shine, beautiful and bright, my Elle never left.”

Merseyside Police says a special Public Portal has been set up at mipp.police.uk where information, CCTV and dash cam and cell phone images can be uploaded for investigators. Information may also be communicated via 101, DM @MerPolCC or by contacting @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 using reference 22000948723.

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