POLICE today launched an investigation after a Wirral dad was shot with an air gun and reportedly knocked unconscious with a bat in the driveway of his home.
The 52-year-old was assaulted outside his house on Carlton Road, Birkenhead, at 6pm yesterday.
Police said a Vauxhall Astra and Peugeot van pulled up outside the house and a number of men approached the victim. He was shot with the ball-bearing gun before being assaulted.
Witnesses have reported the man was beaten with a baseball bat and knocked unconscious.
He was taken to Arrowe Park where he was treated for his injuries and later discharged. He was today said to be recovering at his home.
Detectives were carrying out house-to-house enquiries and appealing for witnesses to come forward.
The motive for the attack remains unclear.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.