Jackie Rutter, 53, was killed at her Merseyside home in Morten, Wirral, at 1.45am

Jackie Rutter, 53, was killed at her Merseyside home in Morten, Wirral, at 1.45am

Jackie Rutter, 53, was killed at her Merseyside home in Morten, Wirral, at 1.45am

Jackie Rutter, 53, was killed at her Merseyside home in Morten, Wirral, at 1.45am

Two people have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a grandmother-of-five in her own doorway.

Jacqueline Rutter, 53, was shot in the chest at her Merseyside home in Morten, Wirral, at 1.45am on Sunday October 30.

Police have maintained they believe it was a targeted attack. 

Two men, 52 and 44, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder in connection with the fatal shooting. 

They remain in custody for questioning.

A spokesperson for Merseyside police said: ‘We have arrested a 52-year-old man and a 44-year-old man on suspicion of conspiracy to murder in connection with the fatal shooting of 53-year-old Jacqueline Rutter in Wirral.

‘The two men are currently in custody where they will be questioned by detectives.  We are continuing to appeal for information in connection with the murder.’

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward if they saw a dark-coloured vehicle containing up to three people in the street at the time of the shooting. 

Jacqueline Rutter, 53, was shot in the chest at her Merseyside home in Morten, Wirral, at 1.45am on Sunday October 30

Jacqueline Rutter, 53, was shot in the chest at her Merseyside home in Morten, Wirral, at 1.45am on Sunday October 30

Jacqueline Rutter, 53, was shot in the chest at her Merseyside home in Morten, Wirral, at 1.45am on Sunday October 30 

Two men, 52 and 44, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder in connection with the fatal shooting

Two men, 52 and 44, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder in connection with the fatal shooting

Two men, 52 and 44, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder in connection with the fatal shooting 

The car was later found burnt out on Garden Hey Road – just three minutes from the scene of the shooting.

Detectives are keen to trace its movements both before and after the incident.

The latest arrests come after a 79-year-old pensioner was arrested on suspicion of her murder but released without charge last month.

Ms Rutter’s daughter’s partner said she was ‘in the prime of her life’ before she was shot in the doorway of her own home. 

‘Jackie wouldn’t hurt a fly. She was the sweetest woman you could ever meet. She only weighed five and a half stone,’ he said.

A car was later found burnt out on Garden Hey Road - just three minutes from the scene of the shooting. Detectives are keen to trace its movements both before and after the incident

A car was later found burnt out on Garden Hey Road - just three minutes from the scene of the shooting. Detectives are keen to trace its movements both before and after the incident

A car was later found burnt out on Garden Hey Road – just three minutes from the scene of the shooting. Detectives are keen to trace its movements both before and after the incident 

Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the killing or saw a dark vehicle with three people inside on Meadowbrook Road on the day of the incident

Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the killing or saw a dark vehicle with three people inside on Meadowbrook Road on the day of the incident

Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the killing or saw a dark vehicle with three people inside on Meadowbrook Road on the day of the incident

‘To lose a parent is bad enough, but to have her stolen like this is just horrific.

‘She was a loving mother; she’d do anything for anybody. She’d give you the last coin in her purse. She was the life and soul of the party. She was one in a million.’ 

Superintendent Sue Coombs previously said: ‘Clearly there’s no place for guns on Merseyside streets. Too often we’ve seen the devastation is causes to families and communities. 

‘We will do everything in our power to make sure we identify the people responsible and bring them to justice.’

Anyone with information is urged to contact Merseyside Police or Crimestoppers anonymously.

Her daughter's partner said: 'Jackie wouldn't hurt a fly. She was the sweetest woman you could ever meet.. She only weighed five and a half stone'

Her daughter's partner said: 'Jackie wouldn't hurt a fly. She was the sweetest woman you could ever meet.. She only weighed five and a half stone'

Her daughter’s partner said: ‘Jackie wouldn’t hurt a fly. She was the sweetest woman you could ever meet.. She only weighed five and a half stone’

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