Teenage girl shot dead in latest wave of violence in London

Two teenagers have been shot in a night of violence in London amid concerns over the rising death toll in the capital this year.

A 17-year-old girl died and a 16-year-old boy is fighting for his life after they were injured in separate shootings on Monday.

The girl was with friends in Chalgrove Road, Tottenham, north London, when she was murdered shortly before 9.30pm.

Half an hour later a 16-year-old boy was shot in Markhouse Road in Walthamstow and left in a critical condition. Another boy, aged 15, was taken to hospital with stab injuries.

So far this year the Metropolitan Police has launched 47 murder inquiries - eight in January, 15 in February, 22 in March and two in April.

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In the whole of last year there were 130 murders in London. The number of killings reached a peak around June before dropping again in the second half of the year.

In Tottenham, one witness, who works in a nearby shop, said he heard three bangs which sounded like fireworks.

He said he saw the victim sat with friends following the shooting before police cars and ambulances arrived. He also saw blood on the right side of the 17-year-old's chest.

Police activity at Chalgrove Road in Tottenham (Henry Vaughan/PA)
Police activity at Chalgrove Road in Tottenham (Henry Vaughan/PA)

Another neighbour described the murder as "very sad".

"I heard the bangs because I sleep in the front room," she said. "I thought it was a bomb."

Describing the area, she added: "It's not nice - so many drugs, stabbings, cycles up and down - no respect for people any more."

Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy tweeted: "Walthamstow - can confirm tonight we have had another serious incident involving shooting and stabbing.

"Appreciate this is very distressing - I will share more information as and when have it from official sources as only want to share what is confirmed."

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MP Stella Creasy (Laura Lean/PA)

Walthamstow - can confirm tonight we have had another serious incident involving shooting and stabbing. Appreciate this is very distressing- I will share more information as and when have it from official sources as only want to share what is confirmed.

-- stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) April 2, 2018

Monday's attacks come amid concerns over rising violent crime in the capital.

On Sunday a 20-year-old man was the 31st person to be stabbed to death in London so far this year.

He was fatally knifed moments after leaving a bar in Wandsworth and died in the street.

On Thursday, the family of Abraham Badru, 26, who was shot dead in Hackney, east London, on March 25 warned that "gun culture is becoming rampant in our community".

There have been five fatal shootings in London so far in 2018.

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