Olivia Pratt-Korbel: Appeals to place gunmen after fatal shooting of schoolgirl, 9, at Liverpool home

Liverpool residents have been urged to turn in the masked gunman who killed a nine-year-old girl as he chased his intended target into her home.

Liverpool Police Chief Serena Kennedy said the “shocking” killing of Olivia Pratt-Korbel “crosses every single line” as the force reached out to the “criminal fraternity” in Liverpool for information.

The BBC reported that two sources came forward and gave Merseyside Police the same name on Wednesday morning.

Olivia died on Monday night when a 35-year-old man, unknown to the family, ran into her terraced house on Kingsheath Avenue in the Dovecot area of ​​Liverpool to escape a gunman, police said.

Her mother Cheryl Korbel, 46, was shot in the wrist while trying to close the gunman’s door while Olivia stood behind her.

Ms Kennedy told a news conference on Tuesday: “This is a shocking and appalling attack that will resonate in our communities and I would like to take this opportunity once again to appeal to all who know who is responsible for this attack, to yourself.” please report and give us these names.

“We need to find everyone responsible – not just the shooter, we need to find out who supplied the gun and arranged this horrific incident.”

The Liverpool Echo said the murder “shocked the city” and took to the front page to passionately plead for help, telling its readers to “imagine the agony of Olivia’s family when they are told she didn’t make it – murdered in her own house”. .

The newspaper wrote: “Imagine knowing something about this unspeakable crime but remaining silent because you would rather hand our town over to thugs than seek justice for Olivia.

“If this is you, ask yourself… whose side are you on?”

The man who entered the family home suffered gunshot wounds to the upper body and, as Olivia lay dying, was picked up by friends in a dark-colored Audi and taken to hospital.

Ms Kennedy said: “We will not rest until those responsible are put behind bars. I can guarantee that no stone will be left unturned.”

Olivia attended St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School in Huyton, where, according to her headteacher, Rebecca Wilkinson, she was known as a kind, helpful and happy little girl.

She said: “Olivia was a very popular member of our school. She had a beautiful smile, a lovely sense of humor and a bubbly personality.

“She was kind and would do anything to help others.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the shooting an “unimaginable tragedy” and vowed Merseyside Police “will be given whatever it takes to apprehend those responsible”.

The murder came exactly 15 years after 11-year-old Rhys Jones was fatally shot in Croxteth, Liverpool.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said Olivia was at home with her two older siblings and her mother when Ms Korbel answered the door after hearing gunshots outside.

He said a figure wearing a black padded jacket, black peaked balaclava, dark pants and black gloves shot two men walking down Kingsheath Avenue and both ran away.

One of the men ran to the open door of Olivia’s house and broke inside.

Mr Kameen said: “While this was happening the person with the gun followed the man to this property.

“This person also attempted to force entry into the property and apparently managed to put their hand through the open door while Cheryl continued trying to shut it.

“A shot was fired which we believe hit Cheryl, injuring her and then mortally wounding Olivia. We felt Olivia was right behind Cheryl at that point.”

Olivia was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital by officers but later died.

The Audi that was used to transport the injured person has since been confiscated.

Mr Kameen said: “My appeal to the person responsible for this horrific attack on a nine-year-old schoolgirl to acknowledge the pain and agony this has caused her family.

“I want that person to turn himself in.”

Barbara Murray, a labor councilor for Yew Tree parish in Liverpool, where Olivia lived, has repeatedly urged police to come forward with information.

She told BBC Breakfast: “If you come to the front, you don’t have to go to the police. (Liverpool) has 90 councillors, I think any of them would contact the police on behalf of anyone who wants to give information.

“Really powerful, I’d say people can use Crimestoppers. It’s an anonymous call. You don’t have to give any information about yourself.

“When something like this happens, it’s always like someone, somewhere, knows who (the perpetrator) is.”

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