A 28-year-old woman shot dead in a mistaken identity, 7 years after her brother was also killed in a mistaken identity attack

Just seven years after her brother was killed under similar circumstances, a young woman was shot and killed in a heartbreaking instance of mistaken identity.

When Ashley Dale, 28, was tragically shot in a Liverpool garden shortly after midnight on Sunday, August 21, she was not the intended target.

The cops discovered that three males repeatedly fired at Ashley while breaking through her front door.

Woman, 28, shot dead in mistaken identity 7 years after her brother was also killed in mistaken identity attack

Merseyside Police were treating the shooting as a targeted attack, but said Knowsley Council worker Ashley was not the person they were trying to hit.

Paramedics rushed to save her but she was pronounced dead a short while later in hospital.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen, head of investigations at Merseyside Police, told the Liverpool Echo : “Ashley lived there largely on her own, and what we know at this time is that the front door of that property was forced open by the offender or offenders outside. A firearm was then indiscriminately discharged on multiple occasions inside.

Woman, 28, shot dead in mistaken identity 7 years after her brother was also killed in mistaken identity attack

“Ashley was inside, exactly where she should be, enjoying her Saturday evening and Sunday morning, and she was hit by one of those shots. That proved fatal despite the very best efforts of Merseyside Police and then the North West Ambulance Service.

“Merseyside Police is incredibly shocked, both to have this crime and the fact is a second firearms discharge homicide in such a short space of time. We are supporting Ashley’s family as I am sure the communities recognise, and our thoughts go out to her mum, dad and wider family at this incredibly difficult time.”

It later emerged that Ashley’s younger brother, Lewis Dunne, 16, was also killed in a mistaken-identity shooting in 2015.

Woman, 28, shot dead in mistaken identity 7 years after her brother was also killed in mistaken identity attack

Lewis had been walking along the Leeds-Liverpool canal in Eldonian Village when he was mistaken for a member of a rival gang by brothers Paul and John Martin, and their accomplice, Jake Culshaw.

The trio mistook the innocent teen because he had similar curly hair to the man they were trying to attack.

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