03/11/2003

Liverpool family wounded in gun attack

A six-year-old girl, and brother and mother, are being treated in hospital today after a lone gunman attacked the family at their Kensington home in Liverpool last night.

At about 9.30pm, six-year-old girl Makada Weaver opened the door of the Chatsworth Drive home on to a gunman who asked for her brother.

The man then pushed into the house and shot 19-year-old Adrian in the thigh. The family's pet dog, a bull mastiff, was then shot dead after it attacked and bit the intruder.

Thirty-five-year-old Valerie Weaver was then shot at a number of times and received wounds to the stomach.

At some time during the incident the girl was injured, possibly by a ricocheting bullet. The victims were taken to hospital and their conditions are described as stable.

Area Commander for Liverpool North, Chief Superintendent Mike Langdon, said: "This is a horrific crime where an innocent young girl has been shot and is now in hospital recovering. The family are very lucky to be alive."

Detectives are investigating a potential link between the incident and a murder that took place three years ago. However, there are a number of other lines of enquiry.

The offender is described as about 6ft tall, of slim to medium build, black, and with crooked teeth and `poppy out´ eyes.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Crimestoppers on their confidential hotline on 0800 555 111.

(gmcg)

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