UPDATE: Statement following shooting in Phoenix Road, Camden
Earlier today (Sunday 15 January), Superintendent Jack Rowlands, Neighbourhoods Superintendent for Camden and Islington, delivered an update in Phoenix Road, Camden:
"Just before 1.30pm yesterday, we were called to reports of a shooting outside St Aloysius Church in Phoenix Road, Camden.
"Officers responded with paramedics and a crew from London’s Air Ambulance.
"They found multiple people with injuries caused by pellets fired from a shotgun.
"Four women – aged 21, 41, 48 and 54 – were taken to central London hospitals where thankfully their injuries were assessed as non-life threatening.
"The 48-year-old woman has sustained potentially life changing injuries.
"Two children were also injured.
"A 12-year-old girl sustained a leg injury. She was treated at hospital before being discharged yesterday afternoon. She is expected to make a full recovery.
"A seven-year-old girl was more seriously injured.
"She remains in hospital in a stable but life threatening condition and our thoughts are with her and her family.
"The incident took place as mourners gathered outside the church following a funeral.
"We believe the suspects discharged a shotgun from a moving vehicle, which was a black Toyota C-HR, likely a 2019 model or similar.
"This was a shocking incident.
"People came here to attend a funeral, to be with friends and loved ones and to mourn together. Instead they were the victims of a senseless act of violence.
"We know it will have had a significant impact on communities across Camden and we will have a visible police presence in the local area in the coming days and weeks to provide extra reassurance.
"I can promise that we are doing everything we can to identify and bring to justice those who were responsible for this attack.
"The investigation is being led by the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.
"We have a significant number of specialist detectives and local officers working around the clock, but we also need the public’s help.
"We want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information about it.
"Your information could be vitally important, no matter how insignificant you think it may be.
"Please call the Metropolitan Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."