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A nine-year-old girl was tragically shot dead in her home while an unknown assailant is still on the run.
The schoolgirl was inside a house on Kingsheath Avenue, in Liverpool, when the unknown gunman burst into the property and fired a number of shots, the Liverpool Echo reports.
The girl suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and died shortly after being rushed to hospital, with a man and woman both suffering gunshot wounds before the gunman escaped the scene.
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A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: "We have launched an investigation following the tragic fatal shooting of a child in Huyton last night, Monday, August 22. Officers attended at a house on Kingsheath Avenue at 10pm after reports that an unknown male had fired a gun inside the property.
"A nine-year-old girl suffered a gunshot injury to the chest and was taken to hospital in a critical condition. She has since sadly died.
"Next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers. A man also suffered gunshot wounds to his body and a woman suffered a gunshot injury to her hand during the incident inside the house.
"They have both been taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries. An investigation is underway and house-to-house, CCTV and forensic enquiries are in the process of being carried out. A cordon is also in place.
Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Sims spoke of the tragedy of the incident and said: “This is a truly shocking incident in which tragically a young and innocent girl has been shot and sadly died.
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"Our thoughts and condolences go to her family and friends at this very difficult time. No parent should ever have to suffer the loss of a child in these dreadful circumstances.
“This crime is abhorrent and our communities must come forward and tell us who is responsible.
“This cowardly individual does not deserve to be walking the streets and I would urge those who know anything to speak to us and tell us what they know so that we can put the person responsible behind bars where they belong.
“We are carrying out a number of lines of enquiry as a matter of urgency and would ask for dashcam, CCTV or mobile phone footage from anyone who lives, works or was visiting the area of Kingsheath Avenue last night.”
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