Picture of shot Ilford girl, 5, released

This is the face of the five-year-old Ilford girl believed to be the youngest ever victim of gun crime in London.

Thusha Kamaleswaran is seriously injured but stable in hospital after being shot in the chest.

She was in Stockwell Food & Wine Shop, Stockwell Road on Tuesday, when she and a 35-year-old man were caught in the crossfire of an apparent gang dispute.

The man, who was shot in the face, is also in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

It is understood the youngster was visiting relatives who own the shop.


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Investigators say two youths ran into the shop shortly before the shots were fired.

The two youths, who police believe were the intended targets, ran from the shop and chased three others who were on bikes.

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One of the youths thought to have been the intended target has now come forward to police.

Det Chief Insp Tony Boughton said: “The investigation is progressing well. Overnight we have viewed CCTV of the incident and are now beginning to get a clearer picture of what happened.

“One of the youths who first ran into the shop has come forward and is assisting us with our inquiries.

“We are still trying to trace the other individual and appeal to him to come forward.”

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call police on 020 8247 4553 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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