Sixth arrest made after toddler, 2, shot in the head in Harlesden

The scene after the shooting. Picture: David Nathan

The scene after the shooting. Picture: David Nathan - Credit: Archant

Police investigating the shooting of a two-year-old boy in the head in Harlesden have made a sixth arrest.

Four people including a toddler were shot in Energen Close at around 9.45pm on June 3.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on Friday (July 3) on suspicion of attempted murder.

He has since been released on bail until a date in early August pending further enquiries.

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

The toddler was initially taken to a central London hospital in a critical condition, however his condition is now beginning to improve, Scotland Yard said.

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

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The child’s mother was hit multiple times and two men aged in their late teens was also shot. None of their injuries are now believed to be life-threatening.

A man carrying a hand gun 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.

Two other children present in the car were unharmed.

The gunman is then believed to have fled on a motorbike.

Five other people have previously been arrested in connection with the investigation.

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

On June 12, four people were arrested in the Luton area:

A 20-year-old-man was arrested on suspicion of four counts of attempted murder. He has been released under investigation.

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

A Met spokesperson said: “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.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information can police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC quoting CAD 8326/03Jun.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.