Convicted burglar ‘was intended victim’ of shooting that killed Olivia Pratt-Korbel, 9

Joseph Nee has been named in the press as the man gunman were chasing when the schoolgirl was shot in Liverpool (Pictures: PA/Facebook/Liverpool Echo)

The intended victim in the Liverpool shooting which killed Olivia Pratt-Korbel is reportedly convicted burglar Joseph Nee.

The Liverpool Echo reported that the 35-year-old was jailed for 45 months in 2018 before being released part of the way through his sentence.

Olivia was fatally shot in her own home in the Dovecot area on Monday night when a man forced his way in as he tried to escape a gunman chasing him.

The hunt for whoever pulled the trigger continues but Nee has already been detained and will be put back behind bars.

He was originally imprisoned after admitting two counts of burglary, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving whilst disqualified.

Nee was part of a group that led officers on a high-speed chase before they were captured, the newspaper said.

He was reportedly freed from prison on licence last year when he was automatically released part-way through a fixed jail term and is said to have been living in accommodation provided by the probation service.

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The nine-year-old was hit by a gun blast as a man tried to force her way into her home (Picture: Mirror)

Detectives confirmed they had arrested a man who is in hospital recovering from injuries sustained in the attack.

He will now be recalled to prison after breaching his licence conditions during the shooting tragedy on Monday.

Merseyside Police declined to confirm his identity.

Announcing the arrest earlier today, detective chief superintendent Mark Kameen said: ‘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.’

A major manhunt for the killer is under way and the police are appealing to criminals directly to break the code of silence. (Picture: PA)

Olivia’s grieving cousin Rebecca Louise told the nine-year-old was ‘full of life, full of sass’ as she apologised ‘for the cruel world we live in and the monsters in it’.

She said: ‘I don’t think I or the family will ever find the words to describe the heartache we have all felt in the past 24 hours.

‘We haven’t just lost “Our Liv”, we’ve lost a daughter, a sister, a niece, a cousin and a granddaughter. Our little Liv who was full of life, full of sass and most definitely knew what she wanted in life.

‘You had so much potential and a full life to lead beautifully.

‘I can only apologise for the cruel world we live in and the monsters in it.

‘My heart aches so much and I don’t think we will ever digest what’s happened.’

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