Thusha shooting: Man charged with Stockwell murder attempt

A second person has been charged over the shooting of five-year-old Thusha Kamaleswaran and a 35-year-old man at a shop in south London.

Thusha, from Hainault, east London, and believed to be London’s youngest gun crime victim, was hit in the chest when shots were fired in the Stockwell Food and Wine store in Stockwell Road on March 29.

Fellow innocent bystander Roshan Selvakumar suffered a head wound.

Police said both victims remained in a “stable but serious” condition.

Kazeem Kolawole, aged 18, of Black Prince Road, Lambeth, faces two charges of attempted murder and will appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court this morning.


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Anthony McCalla, aged 19, of Oakdale Road, Streatham, appeared in court on April 2 on the same charges and has been remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on June 10.

A 14-year-old boy arrested on April 1 has been bailed until later this month, while a 17-year-old boy arrested two days later is in custody.

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Detectives have revealed Thusha’s 12-year-old brother, three-year-old sister and mother had been in the shop but were unhurt during the shooting.

Over the weekend, Thusha’s mother urged people to help police investigating the shooting.

In a statement released by the Met Police, Sharmila Kamaleswaran said her family were in shock.

“As any mother, I have deep love for all my children and what has happened to my daughter Thusha has left me feeling empty inside,” she said.

“I cannot eat or sleep properly until she opens her eyes. My daughter Thusha is such a sweet, quiet and helpful child, always smiling and laughing. I cannot wait to hear her voice again and hold her.

“I ask for any person who knows about those responsible for this to come forward and speak to the police. I do not wish this to happen to another family.”

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