A NINE-YEAR-OLD girl was shot dead after an “unknown” man burst into a Liverpool home and gunned her down overnight.
Cops are now hunting the cowardly gunman after the schoolgirl was fatally shot in the chest at the Knotty Ash home, in Liverpool’s northeast, about 10pm.
It’s the third fatal shooting of a young person in Liverpool in less than a week.
The tragedy unfolded just 36 hours after Ashley Dale, 28, was shot dead just two miles away in Old Swan.
And Sam Rimmer, 22, was shot dead on Wednesday in Toxteth before the two gunmen fled on electric bikes.
Merseyside Police today blasted the “shocking” shooting that claimed the life of the “young and innocent” nine-year-old girl.
A woman also suffered a gunshot injury to her hand while a man was shot in his body – with both rushed to hospital.
They have both been taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries.
Cops are currently carrying out 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.
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“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.”
The same night as the Knotty Ash shootings, two men were arrested over the fatal stabbing of a woman in her 50s in Cherryfield Drive, Kirkby.
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It also comes after Ashley Dale, 28, was murdered when thugs burst through her door and sprayed bullets into her home on Sunday.
Police believe she was not the intended target.
It has also been revealed that her younger brother Lewis Dunne was also killed in a mistaken identity shooting in 2015. He was aged just 16 at the time.
The two cases are thought to be completely unrelated.
The tragic death also comes just a day after the anniversary of the death of young Rhys Jones.
Everton fan Rhys, 11, was shot on August 22, 2007, as he walked home from football practice through the car park of the Fir Tree Pub in Croxteth.
Sean Mercer, a member of the Croxteth Crew gang, was charged with murder with the then 18-year-old sentenced to life behind bars with a minimum of 22 years.
Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or call @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting log 1083 of 22nd August.
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