Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen said that the killer had not come forward to face justice after the police called on him to do so. However, he added that the investigation was continuing with a number of “very positive” lines of enquiry.
He described the shooting by the masked assailant as a “brutal, callous, thoughtless attack”.
Olivia was shot in her own home on Monday night (August 22), after the attacker chased a 35-year-old man man, believed to be the target, into the house on Kingsheath Avenue, Dovecot. Her mother was shot in the wrist and the man also injured.
The target of the attack remains in hospital being treated for a number of gunshot wounds to the upper body, and will be returned to prison after breaching the terms of his licence, police said.
DCS Kameen told a press conference today (Thursday): “Merseyside Police, working with its partners, have caused that male’s licence to be revoked.
“He’ll be returned to prison once his treatment has been finalised.”
He also revealed that another man who was with the 35-year-old at the time of the shooting had been identified.
He continued to appeal to the local community for information, and stated that further information could not be divulged at this stage.
Chief Constable Serena Kennedy previously said the 35-year-old man forced entry into the house and his attacker followed him into the property.
The attacker then opened fire with “complete disregard for Olivia and her family”, who had no connection with either man involved in the altercation, she explained.
The young child was taken to Alder Hey children’s hospital in a critical condition, but was later pronounced dead. As of yesterday (Wednesday), her mother remains in hospital.
Olivia’s headteacher, Rebecca Wilkinson, said: “Our school community is devastated at the sad loss of Olivia. We are in shock and disbelief at such tragic news.
“Olivia was a much loved member of our school. She had a beautiful smile, a lovely sense of humour, and a bubbly personality.”
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson extended his condolences to Olivia’s family, and said he has ensured Merseyside Police “get whatever they need to catch those responsible”.
More to follow…