South Kilburn teenager bailed over Mozart Estate shooting

Youth was arrested after 21-year-old was shot twice in the chest and abdomen

A teenage boy from South Kilburn who was arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting on the Mozart Estate has been bailed.

The 17-year-old was arrested after a 21-year-old man was shot in the chest and abdomen as he stood at the junction of Third Avenue and Bruckner Street in Queen’s Park, on December 21 at around 3.50pm.

He was rushed to hospital in a critical condition but has since improved and is stable.

The youth was questioned by officers from Operation Trident, the Met’s specialist team that investigates gun crime in the capital, and has been bailed to return to police station next month.

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Foote has made an appeal for a group of up to 10 men who were with the victim when the shooting happened to come forward.

He is also appealing for anyone with information to contact him.

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He said: “I would urge anyone who saw the shooting or may have information about those involved, to come forward. I am particularly keen to trace a group of young men we believe may have been close to the scene at the time.”

The shooting is thought to have been fuelled by rivalry between youths living on the Mozart Estate and their counterparts in nearby South Kilburn.

In September, the estate was rocked when three young women, including a teenage mother cradling her baby, were injured after a gunman shot into a crowd.

The 18-year-old was holding her 11-month-old son in John Fearon Walk when she was hit in the neck by pellets from the bullet.

A 17-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman were also injured.

Anyone with information about either shooting can call the investigation team on 020 8733 4774 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.