Drive-by shooting in Camden: 7-year-old girl in a life-threatening condition

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  • Six people sustain injuries.

A seven-year-old child is in a life-threatening condition in the hospital after a shooting in Camden.

The incident happened on Saturday, 15 January, on Phoenix Road, NW1, in a church area where a funeral was taking place.

Police, London Ambulance Services and London's Air Ambulance were called at 13:29.

Three women - aged 48, 54, and 41 - were rushed to a central London hospital where their injuries were assessed as non-life threatening. The police said the 48-year-old has "potentially life-changing injuries."

The medics also rushed a 21-year-old woman to the same hospital, and her condition awaits an update.

Police learned of the 7-year-old child's injury at about 14:05hrs, which was sustained in the same incident. She remains in the hospital in a life-threatening condition.

A second child, a 12-year-old girl, was also taken to the hospital, but her condition was a minor injury in the leg, and she was later discharged.

The police's initial investigation is that the shots were fired from a moving vehicle.

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 underway 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 at 0800 555 111.

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