Hainault shop shooting girl, 5, ‘left paralysed’

A five-year-old girl shot when a gunman opened fire in a south London shop may never walk again.

Thusha Kamaleswaran’s parents have reportedly been told she is paralysed from the waist down after suffering what police described as “life-changing” injuries.

The little girl and 35-year-old Roshan Selvakumar were shot inside the Stockwell Food and Wine store on March 29. She was visiting an uncle on his birthday.

It is understood the girl’s spine was damaged by a bullet wound to her chest.

Doctors found she had no feeling in her legs after she regained full consciousness.


You may also want to watch:


Detectives are keeping an “open mind” over the motive for the attack in south London.

Thusha, of Tomswood Hill, Hainault, is believed to be London’s youngest gun crime victim.

Most Read

She is a pupil at Fairlop Primary School, Colvin Gardens, Hainault.

Three suspects have been charged by officers who have made a total of six arrests over the attacks.

Nathaniel Grant, aged 20, of Camberwell New Road, Camberwell, Kazeem Kolawoli, aged 18, of Black Prince Road, Lambeth, and Anthony McCalla, aged 19, of Oakdale Road, Streatham, have appeared in court charged with attempted murder.

The girl’s mother, 12-year-old brother and three-year-old sister were also in the shop during the shooting but were unhurt.

Mr Selvakumar has been discharged and is continuing to receive treatment.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter