Teenager Found Guilty of Rhys Jones Murder
A teenager has been found guilty in the murder of Rhys Jones, a young boy who was caught in the crossfire of a gang-related shooting in Liverpool. The shooting made headlines across the UK and increased concerns over gang violence.
A teenager was jailed for life on Tuesday after being convicted of murdering schoolboy Rhys Jones, the 11-year-old boy shot dead as he walked home from football practice in a crime that stunned the country.
Rhys was hit in the neck in August 2007 by one of three bullets fired across a Liverpool pub car park by Sean Mercer, now 18, who had been aiming at members of a rival gang.
The shooting of the keen Everton supporter behind the Fir Tree Pub in Croxteth in August last year shocked the local community and the nation, and increased concern about gang crime.