A man who was being chased by a shooter entered the Liverpool home of a nine-year-old child and fatally shot her.
Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot in the chest on Monday at around 22:00 BST when her mother engaged the men at the entrance of her Dovecot residence.
The shooter “fired indiscriminately,” hitting Olivia and her mother Cheryl Korbel in the wrist and then the man in the body.
The family was unrelated to the two people who violently broke into the house, according to Merseyside Police.
During a press conference, Chief Constable Serena Kennedy implored anyone with information to come forward, stressing that now was “not the time to be tight-lipped.”
Merseyside Police said:
A 35-year-old man ran into their home on Kingsheath Avenue, followed by a man armed with a handgun after Ms Korbel opened the door to see what the noise was outside. Olivia was fatally shot and Ms Korbel was shot in the wrist as she tried to shut the door.
The gunman then fired two more times through the gap in the door, hitting the 35-year-old in the upper body, before running away. The injured man was then driven away in a black Audi, while Olivia and Ms Korbel were left behind.
The gunman was described as about 5ft 7in (170cm), of slim build, carrying a handgun and wearing a black padded jacket, a black balaclava, and black gloves.”
According to Ms Kennedy, Officers were called to the scene, they “could see just how sick Olivia was and they rushed her to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where, regrettably, she died despite the best efforts of medical staff.”
She stated that in order to determine and pinpoint the perpetrator, forensic experts were on the scene asking questions house to home and authorities were looking through CCTV footage.
Det Ch Supt Mark Kameen issued a call for the shooter to surrender and mentioned that the wounded man, who had not yet been caught and was receiving treatment at a hospital for a serious but not life-threatening condition, had not yet been spoken to by police.
He went on to say that someone should come forward who was with the 35-year-old victim when the incident occurred.
According to Merseyside Police, Olivia’s two older siblings who were in the house at the time of the attack were unharmed.