Detectives have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to in connection with an incident in Warrington.
At around 4.40pm on Thursday 11 April police were called to reports of a small firearm being seen and discharged near The Greenwood pub in Greenwood Crescent.
The reports indicated that the incident involved three men.
As a precaution, armed officers attended the scene. They made a thorough search of the area and carried out house-to-house enquiries but there was no trace of anyone.
There have been no reports of any injuries that could be linked to the incident and detectives are trying to establish if the firearm was a genuine weapon or not.
Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives believe that the two men in the CCTV images may have vital information to help with their investigation.
Anyone who recognises the men, or thinks they may know who the men are, is urged to get in touch.
Detective Sergeant Ian McNabb, of Warrington Local Policing Unit, said: “Having received reports of a small firearm having been discharged in a public place we immediately launched an investigation.
“The incident has understandably caused concern in the local area and I want to reassure Warrington residents that we continuing to take it extremely seriously and are doing everything we can to establish exactly what took place.
“We believe that the two men in the CCTV images may have important information to help us in that regard.
“If you think you recognise the men in the CCTV images, or know who they are, please call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 344949, give us the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
“The same goes for anyone who was in the area on Thursday 11 April and witnessed, or has CCTV or dashcam footage of, anything that may be relevant to the investigation.
“I would also like to appeal directly to the men in the CCTV images to get in touch.”
Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.