The family of a schoolgirl shot at a bus stop have said that the young girl has “big dreams” and “aspirations.”
On March 1, police and paramedics were called to the scene at approximately 5.10pm, after it was reported that multiple shots were fired.
At the scene in Toxteth, they found that the girl, 15, had suffered severe injuries after being shot in the upper body, Liverpool Echo reports.
She was rushed to hospital in a “critical” condition, however officers have now confirmed that she is in a “serious but stable” condition.
On March 3, her family described the teenager, who they did not name to protect her, as “shy” and hardworking.
A GoFundMe page has now been set up by family member Mal Lee to raise money for her future and recovery.
Speaking to Liverpool Echo, one family member said: “She doesn’t really go out much, she would go to school and come back. She is always doing her school work.
“She’s never been a bother, she’s never brought an ounce of trouble to the door.
“She doesn’t go out and hang round in the streets and stuff. She’s got a couple of little friends who come round and they will stay at her house and stuff.”
She added: “She’s always about her work and wants to go to uni and have a good career, she’s got big dreams and aspirations to go far with herself.”
The family said they worry how this tragic incident will impact the 15-year-old and want to give her as much support as possible both physically and mentally.
The family member said: “Is she ever going to go out again, will she be able to live a normal life not even physically, but mentally?
“This is something she will struggle with.
“It’s looking at those sort of things, I would hate for her not to be able to reach her dreams and ambitions.”
Writing on the GoFundMe page, Mal said: “This appeal will not mend the horrific injuries the stray bullet has caused, including the damage that it has left behind on her innocent young body.
“She will be suffering for many years to come and will undoubtedly suffer flashbacks for some time, she will require all her strength to get through this with plenty of family support.
“I have started this fundraising appeal to help give her a better quality of life and help with the support that will take away the stress and trauma from the youngster and her family.”
Three people were arrested in connection with the incident.
A 27-year-old man from Toxteth, was arrested last night, on Wednesday, March 2, on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm without a certificate.
Previously, a 21-year-old man from Toxteth was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life on Tuesday evening.
A 60-year-old man from Toxteth who had earlier been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has now been released under investigation.
At a press conference Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said police believe multiple shots were fired by one or more people.
The shots are believed to have been fired by people who were riding bikes at the time of the incident.
Police are looking for people on ‘up to four bikes’ who were dressed in dark clothing, and wearing face masks or face coverings, like a balaclava.
A short time after the shooting, a 21-year-old man turned up at hospital with a gunshot wound to his hand. His injuries to him are not life threatening.
Police are keeping an “open mind” but believe that these two shooting incidents are linked.
Police are continuing to urge anyone who has information, witnessed the incident, or who may have dashcam footage to come forward as their information could greatly assist the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 anonymously quoting log 647 of 1st March.
To donate to the GoFundMe page, please click here.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.