A gunman who shot dead the brother of a well known Liverpool criminal is still being pursued by police.
Karl Bradley’s body was found in a snow covered garden on the morning of March 22, 2013 in the L14 area. Police believe Mr Bradley, whose body was found on Penshaw Close, was shot dead on the night of March 21.
The 31-year-old was the older brother of notorious criminal Kirk Bradley, who is now serving out a life sentence for firearms offences. Police believe Karl Bradley was shot several times at around 11pm on the night of March 21.
One of the bullets fired missed Mr Bradley and lodged in the wall of a nearby house. Mr Bradley’s body was not found until around 7am the following day. No picture of Mr Bradley or family statement has ever been released to the media.
Mr Bradley’s younger brother Kirk, who was jailed for a minimum of 22 years after being found guilty of conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to cause damage with intent to endanger life.
In March 2012 Woolwich Crown Court heard that Kirk Bradley and Tony Downes presided over a street gang that executed acts of violence in return for cash. The gang was responsible for a wave of violence during 2009 and 2010.
The gang’s spree, which saw at least 20 separate attacks over two years, including an innocent paramedic mistakenly shot in his own home and another man forced to had to have his leg amputated after being shot in a phone box.
Police have made a number of arrests over the years in relation to the death of Karl Bradley but no charges have been brought.
Last year a spokesperson for the Merseyside Police Serious Crime Review Unit appealed for anyone with new information about the incident to come forward.
They said: “I’d therefore take this opportunity to encourage anyone to come forward, either directly to us or anonymously via Crimestoppers, and we will take action.
“We believe the answer to solving this case lies within our communities, and information held by people who have so far not come forward. We know that people can be reluctant or fearful, but circumstances and allegiances can change and they may now feel they can speak to us, many years later. Please do so.”
Anyone who has any information is asked to contact detectives via 101, or by passing information via @MerPolCC on Twitter, ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook, or the Crimestoppers hotline anonymously on 0800 555 111.