Teenage boys shot within minutes of each other in high street attack

A 13-year-old boy was shot in the head in a London street in broad daylight, within minutes of another teenager, aged 15, also being injured in a gun attack.

Police were called at lunchtime to a shooting in Wealdstone in Harrow, only to be alerted by the ambulance service that a second boy had been injured nearby.

Both boys suffered head injuries and were taken to hospital, but neither was thought to be in a life-threatening condition, a Scotland Yard spokeswoman said.

Police said they are investigating whether the incidents, at two locations in close proximity in High Street on Sunday, were linked.

No-one has been arrested and no firearm has been recovered.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman, who said the younger victim is 13 and not 12 as previously believed, had suffered a shotgun pellet wound to the head.

Palmerston Road, just off Wealdstone High Street, was blocked off with police tape and manned by uniformed officers on Sunday evening.

A grey Adidas sweatshirt with blood stains on the hood lay crumpled on the ground outside a Specsavers store along with a police exhibit number.

An item of clothing lies on the pavement (Jonathan Brady/PA)
An item of clothing lies on the pavement (Jonathan Brady/PA)

A shopkeeper said the youngster was "lucky to be alive" and they believe a bullet grazed the back of his head.

The manager of a betting shop, who did not give his name, said he was passing by on his lunch break and saw people gathered outside Specsavers around a black man on the ground.

He said: "He was holding his head down. I could not see his face but could see his white t-shirt was proper covered in blood.

"He was sitting calmly as the paramedics were looking after him."

Police at Palmerston Road in Wealdstone after two boys were shot at two locations in close proximity (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Police at Palmerston Road in Wealdstone after two boys were shot (Jonathan Brady/PA)

He described Wealdstone as a "kind of rough area and it can be a bit aggressive".

He added that "seeing police around here is just another day" and he was used to seeing boys "just hanging around" in the street.

A green first aid bag could be seen behind the cordon as forensics officers took photographs and passers-by were diverted from the scene.

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