Police appeal to public, ‘now is not the time to be silent’

The mother of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel opened the door of her house in Liverpool (northern England) on Monday night after hearing noise on the street.

At that moment, a man ran in, pursued by a second who fired indiscriminately, hitting the mother of the family in the hand and killing the girl behind her.

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A call from the police

The Merseyside police, Liverpool county, renewed their calls on Wednesday to expose the culprit of this murder that has shocked the British.

“Now is not the time for those who know who is responsible to keep quiet. It is time that we all make Merseyside a place where the use of guns on our streets is totally unacceptable and those who use them are held to account,” local police officer Mark Kameen said in a press release.

“If you have seen, heard, filmed or know anything, please tell us directly or anonymously,” he added.

not the first

The murder, 15 years after that of an 11-year-old boy who was shot dead just a few miles away on his way home from playing soccer, made headlines Wednesday.

“Whose side are you on?” demanded a local newspaper, the Liverpool Echo, urging its readers not to “leave town to the thugs”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson lamented an “unimaginable tragedy” on Twitter.

The 35-year-old man, who was shot in the attack and has since been hospitalized, was arrested for violating the conditions of his release from prison and will be questioned, police said.

He had been transported to the hospital by his friends who had left the girl there.

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