Croxteth and Norris Green are notoriously gang riddled, and I experienced (as i mentioned here more than once) how little the police react to it, which is why I moved from the fringes of Norris Green. As it stands these problems will get worse before they get better. Its beyond journalism, its a real problem and needs to be taken seriously.
The 'laser light' does indeed sound iffy, but we all know that its a reality that there's kids running around with guns, and carelessly using them. Don't we?