Girl, 9, shot dead in Liverpool as police hunt gunman
'This cowardly individual does not deserve to be walking the streets'
A murder investigation has been launched in Liverpool following the fatal shooting of a nine-year-old girl.
The child suffered a gunshot injury to the chest and was rushed to hospital – she has since sadly died.
Two adults were also injured in the ‘truly shocking’ incident.
Merseyside Police are now urgently appealing for information that could track down the gunman.
Officers were called to a house on Kingsheath Avenue in Knotty Ash at 10pm on Monday 22 August, to reports that an unknown male had fired a gun inside.
A man suffered gunshot wounds to his body and a woman suffered a gunshot injury to her hand, both of whom are receiving treatment for their injuries in hospital.
The next of kin of the young girl have been informed and are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers.
A cordon is in place in the area while house-to-house, CCTV and forensic enquiries are carried out.
Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Sims said: “This is a truly shocking incident in which tragically a young and innocent girl has been shot and sadly died.
“Our thoughts and condolences go to her family and friends at this very difficult time. No parent should ever have to suffer the loss of a child in these dreadful circumstances.
“This crime is abhorrent and our communities must come forward and tell us who is responsible.
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“This cowardly individual does not deserve to be walking the streets and I would urge those who know anything to speak to us and tell us what they know so that we can put the person responsible behind bars where they belong.
“We are carrying out a number of lines of enquiry as a matter of urgency and would ask for dashcam, CCTV or mobile phone footage from anyone who lives, works or was visiting the area of Kingsheath Avenue last night.”
Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or call @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting log 1083 of 22nd August.
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