Young mother cradling her baby was hit in Queen’s Park triple shooting
Bullet missed 11-month-old by inches
One of the three female teenagers shot in Queen’s Park yesterday (Thursday) was cradling her baby at the time, it has been revealed.
The 18-year-old woman was holding her 11-month-old son when she was hit in the neck by pellets from the bullet in John Fearon Walk in the Mozart Estate just after 7pm.
The bullet missed the baby by inches.
Detectives believe the girls were interacting with a group of boys nearby when a gunman fired at the crowd hitting the young mother, a 17-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman.
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According to DCI Mick Foote, investigating officer, four men arrived at the scene on pedal bikes before the gunman came off his bicycle, walked towards the group and fired a single shot indiscriminately.
He threw his gun into a holdall and all four fled on their bicycles.
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He said: “I do not believe the girls were the intended target.
“This child could have been injured.”
The 18-year-old and the 19-year-old, who was hit in the head and neck, are still in hospital.
The youngest victim has since been discharged.
DCI Foote said: “We are very lucky no one was killed.”
Making an appeal for witnesses the detective from Operation Trident, the Met’s specialist team that investigates gun crime in London, said other people may have been hit by the pellets but have failed to come forward.
He said: “We want to speak to these boys who were here.
“Someone out there knows what has happened.
“I do not believe the girls were the intended targets.”
DCI Foote is keeping an open motive on the shooting but has not ruled out it could be gang related.
Anyone with information cal call the incident room on 020 8733 4774 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.