London,(GGS NEWS) 30 Sept 2011 :- Three teenage girls aged 17, 18 and 19 were gunned down in a London street last night (29th September), Scotland Yard has confirmed.
The 18 and 19-year-olds were kept in hospital overnight after treatment for their wounds. One of the girls was thought to be critical when initially admitted, but her condition improved at hospital. The 17-year-old was discharged from the hospital late on Thursday night.Officials from Scotland Yard’s Trident task force, which deals specifically with instances of gang crime within the black community, are investigating the incident, though no arrests have yet been made.
Detectives are hunting the gunman and one of the theories they have for the attack may have been that it was a botched drive-by hit. It is believed that only one shot was fired and it is not known if one of the girls was the intended target or was a victim of mistaken identity.Officers were first called to the scene at 19:17 after members of the public alerted the ambulance service to the plight of the girls.
The victims had been out on the street after unseasonably high temperatures saw London basking in late September sunshine.
A spokeswoman for the London Ambulance Service stated that the 18-year-old was treated at the scene for gunshot wounds.
“She was taken to hospital as a priority, escorted by the air ambulance doctor,” she revealed. “Two further patients reported to be female teenagers with gunshot wounds made their own way to the hospital.”
Police have urged the local community for help in finding the criminals, and witnesses have been asked to come forward.
Labour MP Karen Buck visited the scene of the crime, John Fearon Walk in North Kensington, and tweeted: “On Mozart Estate after reports of 3 girls being shot. Desperately worried about local gang and youth violence. We have to get a grip.”