Wednesday, 3 January 2007

It Was a Miracle No One Was Killed

On 4 November 2003, The Liverpool Daily Post reported thus:

"Police hunting the gunman who shot three members of a Liverpool family - including a six-year-old girl - last night said it was a miracle no-one was killed.

Issuing a description of the gunman, detectives also revealed they may have found the getaway car. A man brandishing an automatic pistol burst into a house in Edge Hill before shooting and seriously injuring a mother and her two children, and killing their pet dog.

Six-year-old Makada Weaver was hit in the arm by a stray bullet as the gunman shot her mother, Valerie, four times in the lower body. Makada, a pupil at St Anne's Catholic primary school in Edge Hill, was last night in a stable condition after surgery at Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Valerie Weaver, 35, was awaiting surgery along with her son Adrian, 19, who was also shot in the attack in Chatsworth Drive, Edge Hill, on Sunday night.

Chief Supt. Mike Langdon of Merseyside police admitted it was pure luck that no one had been killed. He said:

'This is a horrific offence and an awful incident which has been devastating and traumatic for the family. We could have been talking about the murder of a six-year-old and her family. It is miraculous that no one was killed, especially when you consider that the bullet which hit Makada in her arm actually grazed her chest'.

The incident happened at 9.30pm on Sunday when Makada answered the door of her family home and a man asked 'where is your brother?'

The man then produced a handgun and shot Makada's brother Adrian in the thigh. The family's pet bull mastiff then came down the hallway and bit the gunman, who shot the dog dead before turning his weapon on Val Weaver. Makada was struck by a stray bullet before the gunman fled...

Chief Supt Langdon said: 'We are looking into a number of possible links with this incident, including the death of Clay Benjamin in Toxteth three years ago. We would appeal to the criminal fraternity because a six-year-old girl and her mother - who we believe were innocent - were involved'...

Police last night issued a description of the gunman who is described as being a black male, aged 18 to 19, 6ft tall, with a slim to medium build...

Makada Weaver's grandfather was brutally murdered in a gangland killing in Liverpool seven years ago. Father-of-five Owen Graham was gunned down in a bookmaker's shop in Toxteth on May 1, 1996. No one has ever been convicted of the crime.

Mr Graham, 49, died instantly when he was shot in the head in front of at least 15 people inside Granby Racing on Granby Street. A man walked into the shop wearing a white, spotted blue bandana. He spoke Mr. Graham, then shot him in the head... No motive has ever been established for the shooting, although police believe the most likely reason was he was shot because of a dispute.

Just four years later the family was caught up in another gangland incident when Mr. Graham's stepson, Eugene Weaver, the brother of Val Weaver, was charged with the murder of another man. Eugene Weaver was arrested after Clay Benjamin, 24, was stabbed to death at a party in Toxteth, in October, 2000. But, following a long court case, Eugene Weaver was cleared of murder and manslaughter."
Here is Makada alongside an E-fit of the man who shot her, her mother, her brother and her dog.

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