A man thought to have been targeted by the gang who shot a five-year-old girl and a 35 year-old man in the Stockwell Food & Wine shop in Stockwell, South London on Tuesday (March 29), has come forward to the police.
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Boughton has said that one of those targeted in the incident, had contacted them in the wake of Thursha Kamaleswaran and Roshan Selvakumar being left in a critical, but stable condition in hospital as a result of the shooting.
“One of the youths who first ran into the shop has come forward to police. We are still trying to trace the other individual.”
“It is clear now there were other children in the shop when the shooting occurred,” Detective Inspector Broughton said.
“We are treating this with extreme seriousness, we are putting extra resources into this area for the foreseeable future.”
Police are hunting for three youths who are believed to have opened fire after chasing two others into the shop in Lambeth at about 9.15pm on Tuesday.
Thursha, 5, is said to be believed to be London’s youngest gun crime victim. Reports have said the bullet only narrowly missed her heart
Dave Cording, director of operations at Crimestoppers, said, “A reward of up to £50,000 is being offered to anyone who can supply us with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible.
“With suggestions this may have been gang related, they believe the answers to this crime lie in the community.”
The issue of gun crime and gang culture in our communities, is definitely getting out of hand now and now a child has been caught in this crossfire. In a country where owning guns are illegal, how are they so readily available on our streets?
Witnesses or anyone with any information can also call the Operation Trident incident room on 020 8247 4553 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111