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Appeal after child seriously injured in Brent shooting

News   •   Jun 04, 2020 13:25 BST

Detectives are appealing for information after a child was seriously injured in a shooting in Brent.

Police were called at 21:45hrs on Wednesday, 3 June to shots fired in Energen Close, Harlesden NW10.

Officers attended, along with London Ambulance Service, and found four people suffering gunshot injuries.

One of the injured was a two-year-old child, he has been taken to a central London hospital where his condition is serious but stable.

Two men, aged in their late teens, and the mother of the child, a woman in her late 20s, were also taken to hospital.

The condition of the three adults is not life-threatening or changing.

All the injured are believed to be known to each other and it appears they were in the street when they were approached by a lone man.

The man was carrying a hand gun and he fired multiple shots at the two teenage men, he also fired into a car they were near.

As a result of the indiscriminate shooting the mother was hit, as was the child who was in the car.

The gunman is then believed to have left the scene on a motorbike.

There have been no arrests.

Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command (Trident) are investigating.

Detective Chief Inspector Rick Sewart of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command (Trident), said: “As result of this terrible crime an innocent two-year-old-boy is now seriously ill in hospital. This child was shot in a wanton act of indiscriminate violence. I know that people will be shocked and horrified that a little boy should be the victim of a gunman and I need the community to show their support for him, and his family, by telling police what they know. Anyone giving information will be fully supported and if you don’t want to give your name you can call Crimestoppers, which is totally anonymous.

"But however you want to do it, make that call, and anyone who is doubtful should think of that little boy and his family’s anguish.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Please quote CAD 8326/03JUN.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

North West Borough Commander Roy Smith, said: “This violent incident in itself is shocking but even more abhorrent is the fact that one of the victims is a young child.

“We are doing all that we can to bring these criminals to justice and I am working closely with the senior investigating officer from the Met’s Trident Command who is leading the investigation. The Trident team are being supported by specialist detectives from across the Met along with officers from the North West Command Unit.

“We want to hear from anyone who might have any information which could help the investigation no matter how insignificant they feel it is. As a child is battling for their life I urge everyone in the local community to support us by coming forward with any information that will help us make arrests.

“I am making sure that we have extra officers on the borough, right now and in the coming weeks. This includes offices from the Violent Crime Task Force and the Met’s Specialist Firearm Command.”

“I know that residents will be worried about their safety and the safety of their families. This is my primary concern and local officers will be conducting additional patrols to provide support and a visible reassurance.

“I also know that to tackle violence we need to work together – I have been in touch with community leaders today and we will continue to listen and respond to concerns raised by local residents.”

The public have a huge role in helping to both prevent and detect crime. We need to hear from anyone who has information about this crime, or about someone they suspect to be carrying a weapon or involved in organised crime.

If you don’t want to speak to the police, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They are a totally independent charity and you remain 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or device you use.

Advice and support is also available through organisations including Knife Free: https://www.knifefree.co.uk/get-help-support/ and www.met.police.uk/stopknifecrime.