A fourth person has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a 15-year-old girl in Toxteth as she waited to catch a bus on her way home from school.
Merseyside police detectives say it is a “miracle” the schoolgirl survived after suffering “devastating” injuries in the shooting on Upper Warwick Street, at around 5.10pm on Tuesday.
The girl, who was shot in the upper body, remains in a stable but serious condition in hospital.
On Friday morning, an 18-year-old man from Toxteth was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
A 27-year-old man from Toxteth who was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm without a certificate has now been released under investigation.
Another man, 21, from Toxteth who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life has also been released under investigation.
A 60-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has also been released under investigation.
It is believed a number of shots were fired by “one or more” people who made their getaway riding up to four bikes, possibly electric, via the North Hill Street area.
All the suspects were wearing dark clothing and face masks or balaclavas.
What’s been said
Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Cameen, described the attack on the schoolgirl as “callous and cowardly”.
He said: “It is an absolute miracle, and credit to the NHS, that this young woman has survived.”
DCS Cameen added: “The actions of those people responsible for this attack ... are utterly appalling and shocking, even with 29 years’ service.
“It shows a total disregard and contempt that they have for the decent, honest, law-abiding people who live, work in and visit this city.”
He said the shooting took place on a major road, currently with roadworks, and there would have been stationary traffic at the time of the rush-hour attack.
DCS Cameen appealed for anyone with dashcam footage or anyone who may seen something suspicious in the area or seen the people on bikes to come forward.
How to contact police
Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 anonymously quoting log 647 of 1st March.