Teenage girl Shot Dead for No Reason in a Fatal Drive-by Attack in North London

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The teenager, named locally as Tanesha, was with friends in Chalgrove Road, Tottenham when she was murdered shortly before 9.30pm on Monday. A woman who knew the murdered girl said the victim was “just chilling with her friends” when she was shot from a car for “no reason at all”.

“The car just pulled up and just started shooting,” said the 21-year-old, who did not want to be named. She said she heard the gunshots “like fireworks” from her house.

Tottenham-raised rapper Wretch32, whose real name is Jermaine Scott Sinclair, tweeted: “Wish I knew what to say about what’s happening in my ends. North London we’re better then this man smh R.I.P to the young angel who lost her life last night. love & prayers to the family. I’m honestly lost for words.”

In a separate flurry of violence on Monday night, a 16-year-old boy was left in a critical condition after he was shot in Walthamstow. Another boy, aged 15, was taken to hospital with stab injuries.

The witness in Tottenham said: “Her friend came banging on my door so I came out quickly. I even tried to save her – had to, had to.”

She said the gunshot wound, below the victim’s breast, was not immediately visible and it looked like she was “having a fit”.

“I put her on her side and I was just rubbing her back, saying ‘everything’s going to be OK’. I just can’t believe it – so young. It’s ridiculous now.”

The woman said the victim was not responding, but added: “I could see she was looking at me.”

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

 

Describing the area, she added: “It’s not nice – so many drugs, stabbings, cycles up and down – no respect for people any more.”

So far this year the Metropolitan Police have launched 47 murder inquiries – eight in January, 15 in February, 22 in March and two in April. In 2017, 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.

So far this year, 31 people have been stabbed to death in the capital. The latest was a 20-year-old man who was attacked moments after leaving a bar in Wandsworth and died in the street.

 

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A police officer near the scene of the Tottenham shooting (Jonathan Brady/PA)
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