Girl seriously hurt and others injured in shooting near London church

A seven-year-old girl has suffered life-threatening injuries in a shooting close to a central London church. Police responded to reports shots were fired from a moving vehicle, while a funeral took place at St Aloysius Church in Euston at about 13:30 GMT.

The Met Police said another girl, aged 12, and four women, aged 21, 41, 48, and 54, were also injured. The 48-year-old may have life-changing injuries while the 21-year-old’s condition was not yet known.

A police representative said the other two women were not in a life-threatening condition and that the 12-year-old girl had been treated for a minor leg injury. The girl was taken to a central London hospital at about 14:05 and “remains in hospital in a life-threatening condition”.

In a statement, the force said an “urgent investigation” was under way and details of the incident were “still emerging”. At this early stage, there have been no arrests,” it said. London Ambulance Service and an air ambulance were also called to the scene in Phoenix Road.

Detectives have urged anyone with video footage or CCTV to contact the force and road closures remain in place while police investigate at the scene.

‘Deeply distressing’
Supt Ed Wells said any shooting incident was “unacceptable, but for multiple people, including two children, to be injured in a shooting in the middle of a Saturday afternoon is shocking”. Our thoughts are with all the victims, but in particular with the seven-year-old girl.

“An investigation into this dreadful attack is already well under way. I can assure the communities of Camden and beyond that we will do everything we possibly can to identify and bring to justice those who were responsible.”

He added that there would be “an increased visible police presence in the area through the weekend and into the days ahead”.

Source: BBC

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