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The 35-year-old man who was being targeted by the gunman who shot and killed nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel has been arrested for breaching the terms of his release from prison and will be questioned in connection with the murder, Merseyside Police said.
A 35-year-old man who was being targeted by the gunman who shot and killed nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel has been arrested and will be questioned in connection with the murder, Merseyside Police said.
He has been arrested for breaching the terms of his release from prison, officers confirmed.
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.
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Her mother Cheryl Korbel, 46, was shot in the wrist as she tried to close the door on the gunman while Olivia stood behind her.
The man who had entered the family home suffered gunshot wounds to his upper body and, as Olivia lay dying, was picked up and taken to hospital by friends driving a dark-coloured Audi.
Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said: “We’re now talking about the murder of Olivia. I can tell you the male I discussed at the press conference yesterday, who had been shot at and chased into the home address of Cheryl and Olivia, has now been arrested.
“That’s not in relation to the murder of Olivia per say. The reason for that arrest is for breach of his existing licence conditions. The nature of that beach is for poor behaviour. He remains in hospital, and last update he was in a stable condition."
The gunman fired with “complete disregard” and also hit the 35-year-old man and Olivia’s mum Cheryl.
Olivia was rushed to Alder Hey Children’s hospital but sadly died from her injuries.
Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said her family are "absolutely devastated, inconsolable, and heartbroken" following the tragedy.
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Kameen added: "Our enquiries continue into the shocking murder of Olivia, and supporting her family as they try to come to terms with this tragedy.
"I would like to echo the words of our Chief Constable yesterday appeal to the community to keep helping this family in every way possible. We will do all we can to take all of these involved in gun crime off the streets, as this arrest demonstrates.
"This is not the time for anyone who knows who was responsible to stay silent. It is a time for us all to make Merseyside a place where the use of guns on our streets is totally unacceptable and those who use them are held to account. If you saw, heard, captured or know anything, tell us directly or anonymously and we will continue to act."
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