Girl, 15, shot dead in school uniform by ‘masked thugs on e-bikes’ as she waited at bus stop as residents heard ‘loud bangs’
A teenage girl was shot dead by masked thugs in her school uniform as she stood at a bus stop in a ‘ruthless and cowardly’ attack.
The 15-year-old was shot in the upper body by gunmen riding an e-bike in Toxeth, Liverpool yesterday.
She was rushed to hospital where she remains in serious but stable condition.
Chief Superintendent Mark Cameen, of Merseyside Police, said: ‘It is an absolute miracle, and credit to the NHS, that this young woman survived.
A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody.
Police today arrested a 60-year-old man on suspicion of aiding an offender.
Horrified locals reported hearing three loud ‘bangs’ as the horror unfolded around 5pm.
Nicola Turner, 41, said: ‘I heard three bangs and at first thought they were fireworks.
“But when I looked outside I saw a lot of police and paramedics.
“It’s so shocking when something like this happens on your doorstep. I’m scared to send my kids to school.”
Asha Hassan, 50, said her 21-year-old daughter also heard at least one bang.
“She told me she thought it was a bonfire,” the local added.
Officers believe the shots were fired by “one or more” people on bicycles before they fled.
They wore dark clothes and face masks or balaclavas.
Shortly after, a 21-year-old man presented to hospital with a gunshot wound to his arm.
Police believe the two incidents may be linked.
DCS Cameen said today: “The actions of those responsible for this attack on a 15-year-old schoolgirl, who was waiting at a bus stop, on her way home from school are utterly appalling and shocking, even with the 29-year-old on duty.
“It shows a complete disregard and contempt they have for the decent, honest, law-abiding people who live, work and visit this city.”
Forensic teams were seen working in the area near the bus stop, which has a broken plastic screen.
Various roads in Toxteth have been cordoned off as part of the ongoing investigation.
Cops are also carrying out door-to-door inquiries and going through CCTV footage of the surrounding area following the shocking incident.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police quoting newspaper 647 of 1 st March.
Or, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.