Police given name in hunt for Olivia Pratt-Korbel’s masked killer


Olivia Pratt-Korbel was in the ‘wrong place at the wrong time’, police said (Picture: PA)

Police hunting for a gunman who barged into a family home and shot a nine-year-old girl have been given a name by two different sources.

Olivia Pratt-Korbel was killed on Monday night when a 35-year-old man being chased by a shooter forced his way into the family home.

Her mum Cheryl Korbel, 46, was looking to see what the commotion was, and it’s thought that opened door presented an opportunity for the man to find shelter.

But it was too late, as the pursuing balaclava-clad gunman then tried to push through the door, sticking his arm in and shooting his rival.

Another shot was fired and is believed to have injured Cheryl on the wrist and hitting Olivia in the chest.

Investigators said Olivia was in the ‘wrong place at the wrong time’, and now locals have said the family were caught up in an ongoing gang war.

Police investigating the incident warned that a ‘no-grass’ culture would hold back the family getting justice and allow dangerous criminals to run riot.

Olivia was stood behind her mum, Cheryl Korbel (pictured) when the gunman opened fire
The neighbourhood has been shocked by the senseless killing (Picture: PA)

So after two people came forward with the same name, Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Emily Spurrell welcomed the news.

She told the BBC: ‘I’m really pleased to hear information is coming forward.

‘It was the plea that was put out yesterday – we know somebody out there will know what happened and who is involved.’

Police are also going door-to-door to find out what happened and are looking through any available CCTV.

Cheryl is recovering at the hospital, and the man who was chased is at another hospital in a serious, but not life-threatening condition.

He has not yet been spoken to by police and has not been arrested.

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