Police investigating the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel in Liverpool have released CCTV footage of the shooter fleeing the scene as they continue their hunt.
Merseyside officers also revealed that two guns were used in the shooting in which his mother Cheryl Korbel and the shooter’s intended target, Joseph Nee, were both injured.
The nine-year-old girl was killed after being shot by the masked assailant who had chased Nee into Olivia’s family home on Kingsheath Avenue in the Dovecot area at around 10 p.m. monday august 22.
CCTV video showed the killer running along Finch Lane away from Kingsheath Avenue after the shooting.
He then turned right into Berryford Road and disappeared.
Detectives say the shooter climbed through people’s gardens and backyards to avoid identification and use the roads.
Description of the suspect
He wore a black padded jacket, a black balaclava with a visor, black gloves and black sneakers with distinctive white soles.
He is described as 5ft 7in tall and of slim build.
At a press conference, Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen again appealed for the public’s help in locating the shooter.
He said: “We know there will be people who will protect him and help this man avoid being found by the police.
“It is incomprehensible that anyone could protect or harbor a man responsible for the murder of a nine-year-old child.
“This man is toxic. It’s toxic to our communities and if you protect it, it’s toxic to you and your family.”
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Two guns used in Liverpool murder
Work by forensic teams and the National Ballistic Intelligence Service revealed that two firearms had been discharged at the scene of the murder, according to Mr Kameen.
The detective told reporters the shooter brought two guns with him when he “ran away from Olivia’s house.”
In a direct appeal to anyone who has been told to hide or dispose of the weapons, Mr Kameen said: “I understand that you may be afraid to contact us, but I want you to do what it takes for Olivia and you tell us where they are right now.
“If you hide the weapons and you don’t intend to tell us, then I put you in the same category as the despicable man responsible for the murder. And we will hunt you too.”
The assailant fired a shot as he put his hand in the doorway as Olivia’s mother tried to close it.
The bullet injured Ms Korbel in the wrist before hitting her daughter in the chest as she stood behind her mother.
Olivia was taken by the police to the hospital where she later died.
The shooter also fired two shots at Joseph Nee, who broke into the property as he tried to flee. Nee, a convicted burglar, was shot in the upper body and survived the shooting.
Olivia’s medical cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest, according to a post-mortem examination. His mother is still receiving treatment for her injuries.
Vigil in memory of Olivia Pratt-Korbel
The officer pressed on Olivia’s chest wound in an attempt to save her
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Merseyside Police on Twitter or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting the newspaper 22000621096.
People can also submit information using the Major Incident Public Portal website – mipp.police.uk
Over the weekend, officers investigating Olivia’s murder released on bail two men who had been arrested and questioned on suspicion of murder and two counts of attempted murder.
They were a 36-year-old man from Huyton and a 33-year-old man from Dovecot.
The 36-year-old was recalled to prison after breaching the terms of his permit.
Nee will also be called back to prison for violating the terms of his release.
As part of its crackdown on organized crime, Merseyside Police said they recently arrested 349 people, executed 88 warrants and stopped and searched 942 people.
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