Community is in shock following the death of an 11-year-old!


A community is in shock following the death of an 11-year-old boy shot in a pub car park.

Merseyside Police said the boy was playing football with two friends near the Fir Tree pub in Croxteth, Liverpool, when he was shot by a teenager who rode past on a BMX bicycle with his face covered by a hood.

One of three bullets fired hit the boy in the neck. Paramedics had still been working on the victim when he arrived at Liverpool's Alder Hey Hospital.

Assistant Chief Constable Simon Byrne told a press conference: "Someone out there knows who put the gun in his hand and I want your help to get the community to turn that gunman in.

"This is quite an awful crime, quite senseless, and the community holds the clue to solving it quickly."

The Fir Tree pub was surrounded by police tape, with officers standing guard overnight. A neighbouring parade of shops and a large car park were also sealed off.

Buses from the local transport company Arriva were thought to have been commandeered by police to ferry away people who were in the pub at the time of the shooting.

The Croxteth Park Estate was formerly the biggest private housing estate in Western Europe. It was built in the mid 1980s and comprises bungalows, detached and semi-detached houses.

One woman resident said: "The Merseyside Police gun crime unit, Matrix, is always here raiding houses and making seizures. But no matter how many times it comes it can't seem to keep track of all the guns.

"The children pass the guns around each other as if they were football collector cards. There is no mystique about guns, there's no fear, they are just a status symbol. And now it seems anyone who wants one can get hold of one."


Is it safe to bring children into the world anymore?

They should find the **** who did this, and execute him with a can of petrol and a match, on the spot!
Re: Community is in shock following the death of an 11-year-

Hang on press rewind and start again

Oh dear it is not a video it is for real.

Hands up those who have heard little kids pointing in the video/dvd shop at a totally obscene horror and then state they have watched it.

Quatermass and the pit put the shites up me in 1959 and that is nothing to what they are churning out now!!!

Round the mates house one afternoon and he was along with his youngster watching that latest Hannibal Lecter movie. Another warped brain ready to hit the streets.

Thoughts are with the family at this sad time.


Lantern Swinger
rhys jones

it takes a lot for me to get emotional about something but i just wanted to offer my condolences to the family of young Rhys Jones, the 11 year old who was shot in liverpool a couple of days ago. like me he is an evertonian and he was killed doing what he loved, playing football, all my thoughts and prayers are with his family. if anyone is interested then please go to this website (you will need to register) and please contribute to the Sticky Thread that is going on.
I feel desperately sorry for the bereaved family but would say 'Please no knee jerk legislation'.
We have had that before with gun control and it plainly did not work.
It's horrendous tragic news, the law needs to toughen up anyone caught carrying a firearm or knife should go down for 10 years and if there is not enough prison space build some more.


War Hero
FLOODQ said:
I live in Dunblane and still we have not learned the lessons of that sad day - Ban the Guns NOW!

Hand guns are banned some of the stuff comes in from Iraq/Afganistan.
It`s only the illegal ones thats left.


Lantern Swinger
FLOODQ said:
I live in Dunblane and still we have not learned the lessons of that sad day - Ban the Guns NOW!

Problem is...they are banned.

Just as further above,the legislation is in place to give an automatic 5yr prison term to anyone carrying a knife.
But... if you don`t get 5yrs for murder anymore your not going to get 5yrs for carrying.

The more i think about it the more i think elected judges is the way forward.


Yet another incident that rips the heart and soul out of merseyside. Such a tragic waste of life. I work the area and the buzz going round is the poor lad was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The car wash by the pub has been shot at b4 in another area and the local gun gangs are involved and the BMW was the intended target. RIP son. my heart goes out to all his family and friends.

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