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Friday, March 31, 2023

Victim of Liverpool shooting named as Olivia Pratt-Korbel

When a man being pursued by a shooter made his way into a nine-year-old girl’s Liverpool house, he was fatally shot. Yet, another was also caught in the crossfire.

At about 22:00 BST on Monday, Olivia Pratt-Korbel was shot in the chest while her mother fought the men at the entrance of her Dovecot home.

The shooter “shot indiscriminately,” striking the guy in the torso as well as Olivia and her mother Cheryl Korbel in the wrist.

According to Merseyside Police, the family was unrelated to the two individuals who broke into the home forcibly.

Chief Constable Serena Kennedy urged anybody with knowledge to come forward at a news conference, saying that this was “not the time to be tight-lipped.”

Merseyside Police stated to the public:

  • Ms. Korbel opened the door to investigate the ruckus outside when a 35-year-old man and a guy carrying a weapon burst into their Kingsheath Avenue house.
  • While trying to close the door, Ms. Korbel was shot in the wrist and Olivia was fatally wounded.
  • The 35-year-old was then struck in the upper torso twice more by bullets fired by the shooter through the opening in the door before he fled.
  • After that, the wounded guy was taken away in a black Audi, leaving Olivia and Ms. Korbel alone.
  • The shooter was described as being about 5 feet 7 inches (170 centimeters) tall, of lean build, and sporting a pistol while wearing a black padded jacket, a black balaclava, and black gloves.

It was “a horrific and horrible act that will echo across our communities,” according to Ms. Kennedy.

She said, “We need to track down everyone accountable for this.”

We need to identify the person who provided the weapon and who organized this awful occurrence in addition to the shooter.

She went on to say that Olivia’s murder was “an utter tragedy that transcends every single limit,” and that she intended to make a plea to Liverpool’s “criminal fraternity” for information.

Officers were called to the scene, and Ms. Kennedy said they “could see exactly how sick Olivia was and they took her to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where, regrettably, she died despite the best efforts of medical professionals.”

She stated that in order to determine and identify the perpetrator, forensic specialists were on the scene asking questions house to home and authorities were looking through CCTV video.

Det Ch Supt Mark Kameen made an appeal for the shooter to turn himself in and said that police had not yet talked to the wounded guy, who had not yet been detained and was being treated at a hospital for a critical but not life-threatening condition.

A guy who was with the 35-year-old victim at the time of the shooting, he said, should come forward.

The two elder siblings of Olivia, who were present in the home at the time of the incident, were unhurt, according to Merseyside Police.

Marie Reilly, a neighbor who has lived in the neighborhood for 36 years, said that her partner heard four gunshots that sounded like fireworks.

“I believe it’s time to relocate,” she added, adding that the fact that it occurred on her doorstep was unsettling and that recent violence in the city was “coming too near.”

It was “really awful” to wake up and discover that a nine-year-old child had been shot dead, according to fellow neighbor Sarah Halliday.

It was “frightening for guys, since ladies and kids are being shot,” her companion Scott Mason remarked.

He said, “Are they going to come back? You’re terrified of your girlfriend and your kid going to the store.

From St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School in Huyton, Olivia’s head teacher Rebecca Wilkinson called her “a much-loved member of our school” with a “great grin, a good sense of humor, and a lively personality.”

Graham Morgan, the chairman of Knowsley Council, called her a “popular student” and stated, “I know she will be a big loss to the school community and everyone who knew her.”

Guns have no place in our community, according to Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson, who called it a “appalling act of evil” and encouraged anybody with knowledge to “come forward.”

Kingsheath Avenue is located in West Derby, and Labour MP Ian Byrne said the community was “all trying to understand” what had occurred.

According to him, there is “a lot of fury, outrage, and bewilderment that this could happen in our society.”

Priti Patel, the home secretary, expressed her “sincere sympathies” to Olivia’s family and assured them that Merseyside Police will have her “full support” and “any further resources they need.”

Rishi Sunak, a potential candidate for the Tory leadership, said: “She is the same age as my younger daughter, so I assumed she was nine. Horrific.”

Foreign Secretary and fellow leadership contender Liz Truss expressed her condolences to the victim’s family and described the murder in Liverpool as “an utterly horrific act.”

While Liberal Democrats leader Ed Davey stated that it was “a tragic loss for Liverpool and the entire nation,” Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer remarked in a tweet that his sympathies were with Olivia’s family since it was “devastating news, for them and their community.”

Following a string of murders on Merseyside committed with firearms and knives, Olivia’s death occurred.

In Kirkby, a lady was discovered dead from a chest stab wound the same evening, and on Sunday, Ashley Dale, a 28-year-old municipal worker, was shot and killed in the Old Swan neighborhood of Liverpool.

Sam Rimmer, a man in his early 20s who was shot in Toxteth on August 16, is still being sought by police. Two guys escaped on electric bikes.

On his way home from football practice in 2007, 11-year-old Rhys Jones was fatally shot by a gang member in Croxteth, and Monday marked the fifteenth anniversary of that incident.

According to Merseyside Police, there is no evidence connecting Olivia’s shooting to other recent homicides, but investigators are keeping an open mind in case there are any clues.

The assault on the 35-year-old guy was targeted, the police stated, and it was thought to be connected to organized crime.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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