Man, 18, charged with attempted murder after schoolgirl, 15, is gunned down at Liverpool bus stop


Man, 18, is charged with attempted murder after 15-year-old girl in her school uniform was gunned down by masked thugs at Liverpool bus stop

  • Rio Jones, 18, has been charged with the attempted murder of a schoolgirl, 15
  • The girl was waiting for a bus home when she was shot in the upper body
  • A man in his 20s was also treated for a bullet wound to his hand  
  • She is being treated in hospital and is in a ‘serious, but stable’ conditions
  • Three others have been arrested over the incident and released under investigation 


A teenager has been charged with attempted murder after a 15-year-old schoolgirl was shot in broad daylight at a bus stop in Liverpool.

The girl, who was in her school uniform, was shot in the upper body on Upper Warwick Street, Toxteth, on Tuesday evening while waiting for a bus to go home.

Rio Jones, 18, of Jermyn Street, Toxteth, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of a controlled drug.

Police officers at the scene in Upper Warwick Street in Toxteth, Liverpool

Police officers at the scene in Upper Warwick Street in Toxteth, Liverpool

Jones remains in police custody and will appear at Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton and St Helens adult remand court court today. 

Emergency services were called and the girl, who sustained serious injuries after being hit in the upper body, was taken to hospital where she remains in stable condition.

A man in his 20s was also treated in hospital for a gunshot wound to his hand, with police saying they were carrying out enquiries to see if the two injuries were linked.  

Residents have told how they heard up to three loud ‘bangs’ when the girl was shot, with detectives saying it was an ‘absolute miracle’ she wasn’t killed.

Forensic tape marks a bullet hole in a bus stop in Upper Warwick Street in Toxteth, Liverpool, after a teenage girl was seriously injured

Forensic tape marks a bullet hole in a bus stop in Upper Warwick Street in Toxteth, Liverpool, after a teenage girl was seriously injured

Detective Chief Supt Mark Cameen, of Merseyside Police, described the attack as ‘callous and cowardly’.

Three others who were arrested have been released under investigation.

They include a man, 27, arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm without a certificate, a 60-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, and a 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

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