9-year-old girl shot dead in Knotty Ash

Merseyside Police has launched an investigation following the tragic fatal shooting of a child in Knotty Ash last night, Monday 22 August.

Officers attended a house on Kingsheath Avenue at 10pm after reports that an unknown male had fired a gun inside the property.

A nine-year-old girl suffered a gunshot injury to the chest and was taken to hospital in a critical condition. She has since sadly died.

Next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers.

A man also suffered gunshot wounds to his body and a woman suffered a gunshot injury to her hand during the incident inside the house.

They have both been taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries.

An investigation is underway and house-to-house, CCTV and forensic enquiries are in the process of being carried out. A cordon is also in place.

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.

“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.”

Liverpool’s Assistant Mayor, Councillor Frazer Lake, said, “I am horrified and heartbroken about what has happened to this young girl – her life has been taken far too soon in the most horrific of circumstances.

“The police and authorities will do everything they can to find out who carried out this atrocious attack, but I urge anyone in the community who has information about this crime to come forward and prevent more innocent people becoming victims of these crimes.  Our communities and our children must come first.”

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or call @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting log 1083 of 22 August.


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