Police have released CCTV of a balaclava-clad gunman fleeing the scene of the fatal shooting of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel.
It was also revealed that two guns were used in the shooting which killed the schoolgirl at her home in Kingsheath Avenue in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, on the evening of August 22.
Releasing the footage of the gunman, Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said: ‘I am going to show you footage of the man that murdered little Olivia. I am doing this because people may recognise what he is wearing.
‘It may also help people remember seeing him in the area on the night of Olivia’s murder and be able to help us trace where he went next.’
According to police, footage shows the gunman running along Finch Lane away from Kingsheath Avenue and then turning right into Berryford Road where he goes out of sight.
‘We know he is climbing into and through peoples gardens to avoid being seen,’ he said.
Detective Kameen warned those who are ‘shielding’ the culprit that officers ‘will do everything legitimately possible to bring you to justice’.
‘It is beyond comprehension how anyone can protect a person who is responsible for killing a nine-year-old little girl,’ he added.
CCTV released by Merseyside Police shows the gunman running away from the scene where Olivia Pratt-Korbel was fatally shot
Olivia Pratt-Korbel (pictured) was fatally shot last Monday, August 22, at her home in Kingsheath Avenue, Liverpool
Olivia was shot in the chest after a balaclava-clad gunman chased his intended target into the innocent girl’s home in the Dovecot area of Liverpool last Monday evening.
The youngster’s death has sparked an outpouring of grief and shock among the Merseyside community, with many laying wreaths and leaving cards near Olivia’s family home.
Detective Kameen said the CCTV was being released in the hope that it might jog people’s memories about seeing the gunman in the area at the time of the incident on August 22.
He said: ‘This is the man we are hunting for – We need to know where he went that night or did you see him in the area? Remember this was shortly after 10pm on Monday August 22.
‘I know that there will be people shielding and helping this man. If you are found to be doing this then we will do everything legitimately possible to bring you to justice.’
He continued: ‘This man is toxic. He is toxic to our communities and if you are protecting him then he is toxic to you and your families.
‘I want you to place the loyalty that you have to you families before any loyalty you have for this man. I want information as to where he is now.’
Detective Kameen also told reporters that police could ‘now confirm that there were two guns used during this attack’.
A post-mortem examination has found that Olivia’s (pictured) medical cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest following the shooting at her home in Kingsheath Avenue, Knotty Ash, on Monday, August 22
Flowers, wreaths, cards and teddy bears have been laid near Olivia’s family home in the Dovecot area of Liverpool following the schoolgirl’s murder which has shocked the Merseyside community
He added: ‘I believe at this time that the gunman brought both of these weapons with him and that they were still with him when he callously ran away from Olivia’s house. I want to know where those guns are now.’
‘You may have been told to hide them or dispose of them – I understand you may be frightened of contacting us, but I want you to do the right thing for Olivia and tell us where they are right now.
‘If you are hiding the guns and you have no intention of telling us, then I place you in the same category as the vile man responsible for the murder. And we will hunt you too.
‘I would repeat the fact that the actions of the person who carried out this cold blooded attack do not command loyalty in any way, shape or form and Olivia’s family need to know that everyone responsible for her murder have been caught and convicted.
‘So I ask you again – where are those guns now?’
Merseyside Police have released footage of a man who was in the area at the time of the shooting who they wanted to trace (pictured above)
Detective Kameen said police were also releasing footage of a man who was in the area at the time of the shooting who they wanted to trace.
He said: ‘I’m interested in speaking to him as he may have information that is important to the inquiry by virtue of the fact he was in the area at the right time.’
Olivia died after she was shot in her home in Dovecot when the gunman chased another man into the property.
A post-mortem examination found her medical cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.
Her mother, Cheryl Korbel, was also injured and is still receiving treatment for her injuries, police said.
A 36-year-old man from Huyton and a 33-year-old from Dovecot were arrested on suspicion of murder and two counts of attempted murder in relation to Olivia’s death last week and have been released on bail.