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Grandmother of toddler shot in head appeals for information about gunman

News   •   Jun 15, 2020 14:13 BST

The grandmother of a two-year-old boy who was shot in the head in an 'act of indiscriminate violence' is appealing for anyone with any information on the gunman to come forward. 

Almost two weeks on from the shooting, which took place on Energen Close in Harlesden, shortly before 21:45hrs on Wednesday, 3 June, detectives are renewing their appeal for information, as they confirm a further four arrests have been made.

The two-year-old boy was one of four people, including his mother, who suffered gunshot injuries.

The toddler, who was shot in the head, was initially taken to a central London hospital in a critical condition, however his condition is now beginning to improve.

Doctors told the family the bullet missed a crucial artery by just 1mm and, if it had been damaged, the injury would have been fatal.

The other three people shot - two men, aged in their late teens, and the mother of the child - were also taken to hospital. However, their condition is now non life-threatening or changing.

Detectives investigating the incident believe a man carrying a handgun fired a shot at one of the teenage men and then fired into a car containing the boy, his mother and the other teenage male.

As a result of the shooting, the mother was hit multiple times. Two other children were present in the car but were unharmed.

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

On Friday, 12 June, as part of the investigation into the shooting, four men were arrested at an address in Luton. 

As a result, [B] a 20 year-old-man of no fixed abode, was arrested on suspicion of four counts of attempted murder. He has subsequently been released under investigation.

[C] A 29-year-old man, [D] a 23-year-old man and [E] a 36-year-old man were all arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. They have all been released under investigation.

[A] A 19-year-old man was arrested on Friday, 5 June on suspicion of attempted murder. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Pete Wallis of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command (North), said: “I am pleased to say the little boy injured is now, thankfully, starting to show signs that his condition is beginning to improve. This is a very welcome development for everyone on the investigation team and of course his family. 

“However, it must not be forgotten that this little boy was shot in an act of indiscriminate violence. This is a fast-paced investigation and we have now made a number of arrests. But, my officers and I still need help from the local community and the wider public to find out more about what led to this tragic incident. Now more than ever, we need you to come forward and share what you know. 

“This little boy has spent more than a week fighting for his life and his family have been put through a great deal of trauma, so please, don’t think anything you may have seen that night is unimportant. Your information could be a vital part of our investigation. 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.”

Lillian Serenkuma, grandmother of the injured two-year-old, said: “If you know the person responsible for this incident, you need to come forward and speak to the police. My grandson is two, he has never hurt anyone. The person who did this doesn’t deserve your protection or friendship. The gunman could clearly see that a woman and child were present in the car, and fired towards them without any regard for their safety, seriously hurting them both. My daughter has never hurt anyone and didn’t deserve to be shot multiple times protecting her child from harm.”

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

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 and the Met's website