Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a shooting in Camden that left a seven-year-old child in a life threatening condition in hospital.
At 13:29hrs on Saturday, 14 January, police were called to reports of a shooting in Phoenix Road, NW1.
Officers responded with medics from the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.
Three women – aged 48, 54 and 41 – were taken to a central London hospital where their injuries were assessed as non-life threatening. The 48-year-old has potentially life changing injuries.
A 21-year-old woman was also taken to a central London hospital and her condition has been assessed as non life-threatening.
At 14:05hrs, police were informed that a seven-year-old girl had been taken to a central London hospital with injuries sustained in the same incident. She remains in hospital in a life threatening condition.
A second child, a 12-year-old girl, was taken to hospital with a minor leg injury also sustained in the incident but has since been discharged.
The incident took place in the vicinity of a church where a funeral was taking place. Initial enquiries suggest the shots were fired from a moving vehicle which was then driven away from the scene.
Father Jeremy Trood, who conducted the memorial service, said it was for 20-year-old Sara Sanchez, who died from leukaemia in November and her mother, who died the same month.
At this early stage, there have not been any arrests.
Superintendent Ed Wells said: “Any shooting incident is 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 who is in a life threatening condition and with her family.
“An investigation into this dreadful attack is already well under way involving local officers and specialist detectives. 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.
“Local residents can expect to see an increased visible police presence in the area through the weekend and into the days ahead as we progress this investigation.
“I would urge anyone with information to come forward, either to the police or anonymously, to Crimestoppers.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information about what took place should call 101, giving the reference 3357/14JAN.
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.