Stockwell, S.London: Five-Year-Old Girl’s Shooting – Intended ‘Target’ Of Gunmen Contacts Police: UPDATED

31 Mar

LATEST NEWS UPDATE: THIRD MAN ARRESTED:

A third man has been arrested in connection with the shooting of five-year-old Thusha Kamaleswaran.

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The 18-year-old was arrested on Sunday and taken to a south London police station, where he remains in custody, Scotland Yard said. He is also being held in connection with the shooting of 35-year-old Roshan Selvakumar in the incident at a shop in Stockwell, south London.

Last week, Thusha’s mother urged people to help the police and save another family from suffering the same tragedy.

Sharmila Kamaleswaran said what had happened to her daughter had left her feeling empty inside. She said: “This incident has caused much shock for me and my family.

“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. 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 thank everyone who is praying for 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.

“I thank all hospital staff who are involved in the care of my daughter Thusha. I thank the press for highlighting this story but ask that they respect the privacy of my family, especially my other children who themselves are having to deal with the tragic nature of their sister’s injuries.”

She spoke as a man was remanded in custody charged with two counts of attempted murder following the double shooting.

Anthony McCalla, 19, of Oakdale Road, Streatham, south London, will appear next at the Old Bailey on June 10. He appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on Saturday charged with shooting the little girl and bystander Mr Selvakumar.

On Friday night, a 14-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the shootings was bailed to a date later this month.

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NEWS UPDATE:

A man is due to appear in court charged with two counts of attempted murder following the shooting of five-year-old Thusha Kamaleswaran and a 35-year-old man.

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Man Charged With Five-Year-Old Girl’s Shooting

Anthony McCalla, 19, of Oakdale Road, Streatham, will appear before Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court charged with shooting the little girl and bystander Roshan Selvakumar at a shop in Stockwell, south London.

Police have also arrested a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the shootings.

Relatives are maintaining vigils at Thusha’s hospital bedside while detectives build up a “continuity trail” of the attackers’ movements. Police said the child remained in a “critical but stable” condition.

Meanwhile, beat police are beefing up their presence around Stockwell Food and Wine store as sources said up to 50 gangs were operating in the south London area.

Close family friend Velluppillai Navaratnam, 49, from Croydon, south London, said it was a “very difficult time” for Thusha’s relatives.

Thusha – believed to be London’s youngest gun crime victim – was hit in the chest and Mr Selvakumar suffered a head wound as two black youths cowered in the store after being chased by three other black youths on bicycles.

Police said Mr Selvakumar’s condition was stable.

Detectives revealed Thusha’s 12-year-old brother, three-year-old sister and mother had been in the shop but were unhurt during the shooting. The store’s owners are the children’s aunt and uncle.

Crimestoppers is offering a £50,000 reward for information leading to the gun attackers’ capture.

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One of the youths thought to have been the target of a gang who accidentally shot a five-year-old girl in south London has contacted police.

Five-Year-Old Gun Victim Remains Critical CLICK ON IMAGE TO Play video

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Boughton revealed the development as a £50,000 reward was offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting of Thursha Kamaleswaran.

Police are hunting for three youths who are believed to have opened fire after chasing two others into the shop at about 9.15pm on Tuesday.

As the pair hid inside, the gunman stopped at the door and opened fire indiscriminately, hitting Thursha and a 35-year-old shopkeeper. 

Detective Inspector Broughton said that the youth who had come forward was assisting police with their inquiries.

“He has given his account of what happened to him, running into the shop and taking cover.

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

Thursha – believed to be the capital’s youngest gun crime victim – is still in critical condition after being shot in the chest. The bullet only narrowly missed Thursha’s heart, reports said.

“It is clear now there were other children in the shop when the shooting occurred,” Detective Inspector Broughton said.

“Thursha, the five-year-old victim, was visiting the shop owners who are her auntie and uncle. With Thursha and her mother were her siblings, a three-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy.”

The 35-year-old man, who was also shot in the head during the incident at the Stockwell Food & Wine shop in Lambeth, also remains in hospital.

Sky reporter Rhiannon Mills in Lambeth said: “As both victims remain in a critical but stable condition, a large police investigation is still under way at the shop on Stockwell Road.

“A number of forensic officers have been heading into the building this morning, clearly trying to piece together more details about what happened on Tuesday night.

“It’s an incident that’s obviously shocked local people and police hope that may encourage more witnesses to come forward. With suggestions this may have been gang related, they believe the answers to this crime lie in the community.”

The reward was offered as part of a joint initiative between Crimestoppers and the Association of Convenience Stores to show that violence against shopkeepers is unacceptable.

Director of Operations at Crimestoppers Dave Cording said: “This is a heinous crime, for an innocent five-year-old child and shopkeeper to receive such horrific injuries is utterly despicable.

“I hope the offenders will be swiftly brought to justice and would urge anyone with information to contact the charity, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or our online service at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.  

“No personal details are taken and communication routes are not traced or recorded – no one will know who you are.”

:: Witnesses or anyone with any information can also call the Operation Trident incident room on 020 8247 4553.

NEWS UPDATE:

One of the youths thought to have been the target of the gang which accidentally shot five-year-old Thursha Kamaleswaran has contacted police.

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The news came as sources revealed that up to 50 gangs operate in the area where Thursha and another bystander became innocent victims of a vicious turf war.

Detectives investigating the shooting at the Stockwell Food and Wine Shop in south London on Tuesday night have called in Territorial Support Group officers to reassure locals fearing “tit for tat” attacks.

Chief Superintendent Nick Ephgrave called for people in the area to come forward if they have information about the “truly shocking event”.

A shopkeeper, believed to be Roshan Selvakumar, 35, was also hit, suffering a head wound during the attack.

They were caught up in the violence when two black youths cowered in the store after being chased by three other black youths on bicycles. As the pair hid inside, one youth stopped at the door and opened fire indiscriminately.

The three attackers, who a witness said were aged between 14 and 17, fled from the Stockwell Road shop along Broomgrove Road and into the Stockwell Park Estate.

The victims, who police said were Sri Lankan and unrelated, were rushed to hospital in south London, where they are both in a critical but stable condition.

Thursha was visiting relatives when the attackers struck. Police said her brother and sister were also in the shop at the time of the shooting, but they were unhurt when two shots were fired.

Crimestoppers are offering a £50,000 reward for information leading to the attackers’ capture.

NEWS UPDATE:

A teenager targeted by gangsters who accidentally shot five-year-old Thursha Kamaleswaran has been arrested after coming out of hiding to help detectives find the gun attackers.

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A Met police spokesman said: “Trident detectives investigating a shooting in Stockwell that left a five-year-old girl and a 35-year-old man critically injured have arrested a man.

“The 19-year-old man was arrested in south London and is currently in custody at a south London police station whilst inquiries continue.”

The youth told officers he cowered behind shop shelves as the little girl and another bystander were caught in the crossfire of a suspected botched turf war attack inside a shop.

Relatives are maintaining vigils at Thursha’s hospital bedside while detectives built up a “continuity trail” of the attackers’ movements.

Meanwhile, beat police are beefing up their presence around Stockwell Food and Wine store as sources said up to 50 gangs were operating in the south London area.

Extra police support – including several specialist Territorial Support Group officers – have been called in to provide help to reassure locals that there are no “tit for tat” retaliation attacks.

Thursha – believed to be London’s youngest gun crime victim – was hit in the chest and 35-year-old Roshan Selvakumar, suffered a head wound as two black youths cowered in the store after being chased by three other black youths on bicycles.

Detectives revealed her 12-year-old brother, three-year-old sister and mother had been in the shop but were unhurt during the shooting on Tuesday night. The store’s owners are the children’s aunt and uncle.

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