A teenager has been jailed for life for the murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones who was shot outside a Liverpool pub.
Sean Mercer, 18, of Croxteth, was convicted of the murder after a nine-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court.
Mercer was 16 when he shot Rhys outside the Fir Tree pub in August 2007 as the schoolboy walked back to his home from football practice.
He was ordered to serve a minimum tariff of 22 years by trial judge Mr Justice Irwin.
The judge branded Mercer a "coward" and described the gang members as "selfish and shallow criminals".
After the verdict was read out, Rhys' father Stephen Jones said: "Finally justice has been done for Rhys."
Mercer, of Good Shepherd Close, was convicted by the jury after almost four days of deliberations.
Rhys' parents welcome the verdict
Fellow gang members James Yates, 20, of Dodman Road and Nathan Quinn, 18, of Wickett Close, both Croxteth; Gary Kays, 26, of Mallard Close and Melvin Coy, 25, of Abbeyfield Drive, both West Derby, Liverpool, and Boy M, 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were convicted unanimously of assisting an offender after they helped Mercer evade the police for months.
Defendant Boy K, who can now be named as Dean Kelly, 17, of Sword Walk, Croxteth, after Mr Justice Irwin lifted reporting restrictions, was convicted of four related charges.
The judge also lifted an order banning reporting the fact that Quinn is already serving five years for gun-related offences.
All of the verdicts apart from Kelly's were reached on Monday but could not be reported until now.
Gary Kays and Melvin Coy were each sentenced to seven years.
Yates, Quinn, Kelly and Boy M are expected to be sentenced in January.
As Mercer's guilty verdict was announced to the silent courtroom, Rhys' mother Melanie Jones burst into tears.
Mercer's father, Joseph McCormick, looked at his son and mouthed "I love you".
During the trial, the court heard how Mercer was a leading member of the Croxteth Crew gang, which terrorised the local community and was involved in a long-running and bloody feud with the Strand Gang, based on the neighbouring Norris Green estate.
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