British police have arrested a man and a 19-year-old girl in the shooting death of beauty salon worker Elle Edwards in a crowded pub on Christmas Eve.
Edwards, 26, was shot in the head in front of his friends when someone opened fire before midnight on Saturday inside the Lighthouse Inn pub in Wallasey Village in Merseyside.
Four other patrons were injured in the shooting, which sent shockwaves across the country where cases of gun violence are rare.
On Monday, police announced the arrest of a 30-year-old man from Tranmere on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in connection with what cops described as a “cold-blooded shooting” of Edwards, reported BBC News.
A 19-year-old woman from Rock Ferry was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.
The two suspects were arrested. As of Tuesday, they have not been named.
Merseyside Police Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs previously said Edwards was not the intended target of the shooter.
On Monday, Coombs said the investigation into the murder was ongoing and urged members of the public with knowledge of the incident to come forward.
“We will not rest until we bring those responsible to justice and I call on anyone with information to contact us,” she said.
Edwards had been dancing inside the crowded pub when a barrage of gunfire erupted before midnight.
Coombs said at a news conference Sunday that the shooter fired toward the entrance.
Friends have described the moment Edwards collapsed to the ground with a gunshot wound to the head.
A woman performed CPR on the young woman before medics arrived.
Edwards was rushed to Arrow Park Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
The shooting also seriously injured a 28-year-old man, who remained in hospital on Tuesday.
A 22-year-old pub patron suffered leg injuries, a 24-year-old man injured his hand and a 33-year-old man injured his wrist.
Edwards worked as a beautician at a salon called Nova Studio in Wirral, where her colleagues mourned her violent death.
“Heaven has won the most beautiful angel,” read a post on the beauty salon’s Instagram page.
“We are all heartbroken thinking of your entire family at this time Elle.”
Edwards’ sister Lucy, who was at the pub with the victim but left before the shooting, visited the scene of the crime on Tuesday and laid flowers at a makeshift memorial that has grown up at the outside the company.
Her card read, “To my Elle May, I love you forever, you will always be by my side.”