Two guns used in nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel's shooting, says police chief
Olivia was shot and killed in Liverpool on 22 August
Two guns were used in the shooting which killed nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel, Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said as Merseyside Police released CCTV of the gunman running from the scene.
A 36-year-old man from Huyton and a 33-year-old from Dovecot were arrested on suspicion of murder and two counts of attempted murder in relation to Olivia’s death last week and have been released on bail.
Mr Kameen is appealing for more information.
He said: “A lot has already come in and we’re grateful to those in our communities who have come forward.
“But just because we have seen two arrests doesn’t mean that we need that information any less.
“Tell us what you know, directly or anonymously, and let us judge how important that information is.”
At a press conference, Mr Kameen said: “I’m going to show you some footage of a man that murdered Olivia.
“I’m doing this because people may recognise what he is wearing, it may also help people remember seeing him in the area on the night that Olivia was murdered and thereby help us trace where he is and where he went.
“This shows the gunman running along Finch Lane away from Kingsheath Avenue, which is, of course, where Olivia lived.
“We then see him turn right into Berryford Road and go out of sight.
“We know this man is climbing through gardens and through people’s backyards in order to avoid being identified as well as using the roads.”
Mr Kameen said the gunman was wearing a black hooded jacket, black balaclava with black gloves and black trainers with distinctive white soles.
He said: “We know there will be people shielding him and helping this man avoid being found by the police.
“If you are found doing this then we will do everything legitimately possible to bring you to justice.
“It is beyond comprehension how anyone could protect or harbour a man who is responsible for killing a nine-year-old child.
“This man is toxic. He is toxic to our communities and if you are protecting him he is toxic to you and your family.”
He went on to say that the investigation team had worked with the National Ballistics Intelligence Service.
He said: “I can now confirm that there were two guns used in this attack.
“I believe at this time that the gunman brought both of these weapons to the scene.
“He had them with him at the time of the attack.
“I also believe the gunman took both of those guns away with him when he callously left the scene as we’ve just seen on the CCTV.
“I clearly want to know where those guns are.”