Olivia Pratt-Korbel shooting: Police ‘given name of suspect by two different sources’

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said that "no stone will be left unturned" in the hunt for Olivia's killer

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Merseyside Police continuing their manhunt for a masked gunman who killed a nine-year-old girl have reportedly been given the name of a suspect by two separate sources.

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said the “shocking” killing of Olivia Pratt-Korbel “crosses every single boundary” as the force appealed to the “criminal fraternity” in Liverpool for information.

Olivia died on Monday night when a 35-year-old man, unknown to the family, ran into her terraced house in Kingsheath Avenue, in the Dovecot area of Liverpool, in an attempt to get away from a shooter, police said.

Olivia Pratt-Korbel
Olivia Pratt-Korbel
Forensic teams and police officers at the scene
Forensic teams and police officers at the scene

Her mum Cheryl Korbel, 46, was shot in the wrist as she tried to close the door on the gunman while Olivia stood behind her.

Ms Kennedy told a press conference on Tuesday: “This is a shocking and appalling attack which will reverberate around our communities.

“And I want to take this opportunity again to appeal to anybody who knows who was responsible for this attack to please come forward and give us those names.

“We need to find all who are responsible for – not just the gunman, we need to find who supplied the weapon and who arranged this terrible incident.

“We will not rest until those who are responsible are put behind bars. I can guarantee that no stone will be left unturned.”

Police have now reportedly been given the same name for a suspect by two different people, according to the BBC.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the shooting as an “unimaginable tragedy” and promised that Merseyside Police would get “whatever they need to catch those responsible”