11-year-old girl recovering after being shot while buying an ice-cream
THE FAMILY of the 11-year-old girl shot while buying an ice-cream have been left "frightened and upset", police said today.
A gunman shot and wounded the girl close to her home as she chatted to an ice-cream man with her older sister.
She was rushed to Alder Hey Children's Hospital where medics treated her injured shoulder.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Green said today: "I've seen her this morning and she's frightened, upset and now just recovering slowly from what's an ordeal for any 11-year-old child.
"Her sister, a 15-year-old girl, is shocked and upset and frightened - the family are all shocked and upset and frightened. They all live and
work and go to school in the area. This is a community and this has happened within their community.
The sisters were buying ice-cream on Lordens Road, Huyton, at around 9.30pm on Friday night when the victim spotted a gang of around a dozen youths standing nearby.
Shortly after, one of them peddled towards her on a mountain bike and indiscriminately shot her with an air-gun.
The gang then melted away leaving her older sister to run and raise the alarm.
The gunman covered his face with a scarf in what DCI Green described as a "cowardly" and "despicable" crime.
He said the two girls will be interviewed today by specially-trained officers, but added: "There's nothing to suggest that these young girls have done anything to bring attention to them or to provoke an assault."
He said a number of witnesses have come forward and his team is responding to some "positive lines of enquiry.
He continued: "Clearly the consequences of discharging [an air gun] -especially at someone - could be horrific. We treat it very seriously.
"One of my appeals would be to the community - this isn't right, that an 11-year-old girl should be injured by an air-gun.
"I would appeal to the consciences of the 10 or 12 youths who were in the group and their parents, brothers or sisters - because this is being talked about - to provide us with information about who was there and who did what.The offender is described as a white boy, 16 to 17-years-old and around 5ft 2in tall with a heavy build.
He was wearing a short black jacket, black tracksuit bottoms, hat and covered his face with a scarf.
Anyone with information should call the Merseyside Police incident room on 0151 777 6565 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. THE DAILY POST