Who killed Olivia Pratt-Korbel? British police on Tuesday called on the public to find the man who shot the 9-year-old girl to death, breaking into her home as she chased another man.
The girl’s mother had opened the door of her house in Liverpool (northern England) on Monday night after hearing noise in the street. At that moment, a man rushed forward, pursued by a second who fired indiscriminately, wounding the mother of the family in her hand and killing the girl behind her.
The police of Merseyside, the county of Liverpool, renewed their calls on Wednesday to expose the culprit of this murder that shocked the British. “Now is not the time for those who know who is responsible to keep quiet. It is time we all make Merseyside a place where the use of guns on our streets is completely unacceptable and those who use them are held accountable,” 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.
Boris Johnson laments ‘unimaginable tragedy’
The murder, which comes fifteen years after that of an 11-year-old boy who was shot dead a few miles away as he was returning home from playing football, made headlines on Wednesday. “Which side are you on?” demanded a local newspaper, the Liverpool Echo, urging its readers not to “leave the city to the thugs”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson lamented on Twitter an “unimaginable tragedy”.
The 35-year-old man, who was shot in the attack and has since been hospitalized, was arrested for breaching 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 behind.
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