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Elle Edwards' murderer tried to cover his tracks with Facebook post days after shooting

Elle Edwards' murderer tried to cover his tracks with Facebook post days after shooting

Connor Chapman was found guilty of murdering Elle Edwards

Elle Edwards murderer tried to cover his tracks with a Facebook post appealing for calm in the wake of the killing.

Connor Chapman, 23, killed beautician Elle Edwards, 26, when he open fired with a handgun by a busy pub on Christmas Eve last year.

The gunman opened fire with a sub-machine gun at the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey Village, Wirral, shortly before midnight. He fired twelve rounds at a group of people, hitting the 26-year-old and killing her.

Connor Chapman was found guilty of murdering Elle Edwards.
Merseyside Police

In the aftermath of the killing, Chapman went on to make a Facebook post in an attempt to deflect suspicion from himself, calling for calm after Edwards' death.

The post said: "s**ts getn out of hand and no-one needs dis in there life or to happen to there family, that's one thing we all have in common we all have family and this could of been enyones tragedy [sic]."

He added: "[there's] some real petty s**t goin on out ere' and 'no one needs dis s**t'."

However, the attempt to cover his tracks ultimately failed as yesterday (6 July) a jury at Liverpool Crown Court convicted him of murdering Edwards.

The jury also convicted Chapman of two counts of attempted murder, two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, as well as possession of a Skorpion sub-machine gun with intent to endanger life and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

Edwards' father Tim welcomed the verdict, saying that the family could now being moving forward after their loss.

He said: "It just means he's off the streets, someone else is not going to suffer at the hands of him.

"Unfortunately Elle was his last victim but thankfully she will be the last person he does anything to and he can go fade away."

Elle Edwards was killed in a pub on Christmas Eve.
Family Handout

The court heard that the attack had been the culmination of an ongoing feud between two groups living in the Woodchurch and Beechwood estates, located on either side of the M53 in Wirral.

Detective Superintendent Paul Grounds said: "Connor Chapman knew exactly what he was doing when he left his home address on December 24, getting in a stolen car in possession of a Skorpion machine pistol.

"He drove to the Lighthouse pub where he spent a number of hours there before finding a car parking space that gave him a real clear view of who was outside.

"He then left his car with no regard for anybody else, intent on firing that gun at his intended targets, Kieran Salkeld and Jake Duffy, with not a care of what would happen to anybody else who was stood outside of the pub."

Chapman is due to be sentenced today (7 July) at Liverpool Crown Court.

Featured Image Credit: PA/Alamy Merseyside Police

Topics: UK News, News, Crime