The shooter of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel was captured on CCTV, police have said, adding that two guns were used during the fatal incident.
The nine-year-old schoolgirl was shot on August 22 in her Liverpool home when a gunman entered in pursuit of his intended target - who had fled inside. Both men were unknown to the family.
On Thursday, Merseyside Police detective chief superintendent Mark Kameen shared CCTV images which showed the suspect running from the scene in Knotty Ash.
He told a press conference that two guns were used in the incident in which Olivia’s mother Cheryl was also shot, as was shooting target Joseph Nee - although both have survived.
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Mr Kameen said people may be “shielding” the perpratrator to avoid him being picked up by police but urged anyone who knoes his identity to turn him in.
“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,” he said, about the CCTV footage.
He said the gunman was wearing a black hooded jacket, black balaclava with black gloves and black trainers with distinctive white soles.
“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.”
Mr Kameen added that footage showed another man in the area who may know more information.
He said Olivia’s mother Cheryl was still being treated for her injury and was “incredibly thankful” for the care and compassion from the community.
Additional reporting by PA.