BOUNCERS have been told to remain vigilant after a Liverpool doorman was gunned down.
Father-of-one Eric Atkinson, 30, was shot because he turned a hoodie yob away from the Derby pub in Widnes Road, Widnes.
He is fighting for his life in Whiston hospital and still has a bullet lodged in his lungs.
Mr Atkinson has so far been unable to speak to members of his family and is having scans to see if he has suffered long-term spinal damage.
Police said it was a one-off incident and they are not aware of any territorial disputes in the area.
But they have contacted other doormen in the Widnes area since the attack at 11.30 on Friday night and urged them to remain alert.
Mr Atkinson was a fully-licenced doorman with six year's experience and worked as a delivery van driver during the day.
He has a daughter, 11, and was living in Deeside, although he is originally from Liverpool.
His mother Susan said: "Eric was following the book, yet he got injured like this. Please, if anybody can help find the person who shot my son, come forward.
"This person is dangerous and could seriously injure or kill somebody else."
Two hooded men tried to enter the pub, but were challenged about the dress code.
One became aggressive and Mr Atkinson refused him entry.
After a verbal exchange, he tried to escort the man away, but the thug produced a handgun and fired a shot in Mr Atkinson's direction.
The shot missed and the pair grappled before the gunman fired another three shots, one hitting Mr Atkinson in the neck.
The gunman is white, in his late to early 30s, 5ft 8ins, with short, dark hair, average build, slim face, big nose, scruffy with stubble and wearing a navy blue jacket and hood.
DI Paul Rumney said: "Eric was shot because he refused entry to someone who wouldn't comply with the dress code.
"I appeal to the associate of the gunman to make himself known to police as we are satisfied he did not participate in the shooting."
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