Elle Edwards, 26, was 'singing and dancing' with pals at pub moments before she was shot dead in 'cold-blooded' murder | The Sun

TRAGIC Elle Edwards was "singing and dancing" with pals moments before she was shot dead in cold blood on Christmas Eve.

The innocent 26-year-old was shot in the head after a gunman opened fire at revellers in a pub’s heated outdoor area.

Four men were also injured in the tragedy outside the Lighthouse Inn, in Wallasey, Merseyside.

One is still in critical condition in hospital.

Last night police arrested a man, 30, from Tranmere, Wirral, who is being held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

A woman, 19, from Rock Ferry, Wirral, was held on suspicion of cons­piracy to murder.

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But pals of the beautician, described as "beautiful" in tributes, have now revealed Elle's heart-breaking final moments.

Meg and Jess, who did not want to give their surnames, say they went inside to buy drinks when the shots rang out at 11.50pm on Christmas Eve.

Jess, who was with Elle when she was shot, told Sky News: "We just heard bangs, like fireworks.

"We had been dancing and singing and now she's on the floor.

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“People were around her trying to help her — but you can’t do anything."

Meg added: “We had been dancing and singing. I’ve got videos of us all I can't stop watching.

"We were so happy.”

Sister Lucy, who lives in Dubai but had flown home for Christmas, had been with Elle at the pub but left earlier in the evening.

In a moving post on Instagram she said: “My beautiful sister, my bestest friend, my second mummy and my rock.

“I love and miss you so, so much already. My Elle May.”

Elle was said not to be the intended target — making her the latest victim of a string of indiscriminate gun killings in the area.

In August, nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot dead by a masked man who burst into her house in Dovecot.

The day before, council worker Ashley Dale, 28, was fatally hit while in her garden in Liverpool.

Dept Supt Dave McCaughrean of Merseyside Police earlier said the pub was a "busy venue full of young people" at the time of the shooting.

He added: "We believe that the gunman left the pub car park in a dark coloured vehicle – possibly a dark coloured Mercedes shortly after the shooting."

The young woman had been rushed to Arrowe Park Hospital but tragically died.

On Tuesday Elle's broken family laid floral tributes outside the pub she was killed.

Members of the public also turned out to pay their respects, many breaking down in tears as they struggled to come to terms with the horror.

Speaking at a news conference, Merseyside Police's superintendent Sue Coombs said: “We have made two arrests in connection with this cold-blooded shooting.

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“Elle’s family are still having to come to terms with her tragic loss, and our specially trained family liaison officers are supporting them.

“We will not rest until we bring those responsible to justice and I would appeal to anyone who has information to contact us."

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