An 11-year-old girl and three other people have been were injured in the terrifying attack in south-west London. Police have stated how the shooting took place in the affluent suburb of Figges Marsh, Mitcham at around 5.40pm on Sunday after witnesses saw a row between a large group of men escalate into a fight. It emrged that the shots were fired from a pellet gun and four people were injured although none of their wounds are said to be life threatening.
Initial reports told how the suspected gunman was in possession of a firearm.
But police later confirmed the teenager opened fire with a pellet, or BB, gun and hit a woman, 30 and a little girl, as well as two men in believed to be in their 20s.
The victims checked into hospital and received treatment for their injuries.
A witness told the Sun: “A fight broke out between the guys. One of them ran away and came back with a long gun and started firing.
“A lady got shot three times and her daughter got shot in the leg by the pellets.
“We all got down on the ground to not get hit by the shots. It was a big gun but the bullets were pellets. He was running around with it. You could see it as he ran past us.”
Merton Police tweeted on Sunday evening that an emergency Section 60 ‘Stop and Search’ was in place until this morning as they attempt to locate the weapon.
The force said: “Section 60 in place in Mitcham until 06.55hrs Mon 25 March after reports of firearm discharged in Figges Marsh.
“Police called at 17.40hrs, woman & 11y/o child injured, neither in life threatening condition.”
Police confirmed that no arrests have been made so far.
A Metropolitan Police statement read: “Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone connected to an incident in which a pellet gun was fired in Mitcham to come forward.
“Police were called at 1740hrs on Sunday, 24 March, to reports of shots fired in Figges Marsh open space, off London Road, Mitcham.
“Officers attended the location along with London Ambulance Service (LAS).
“A 30-year-old woman and an 11-year-old girl were found suffering shotgun pellet injuries. Both were known to each other, but are not related.
“They were taken to hospital by LAS for treatment. We understand the woman suffered pellet injuries to her back, and the girl a pellet wound to her leg. Neither is believed to have been seriously injured.
“A short time later, police were alerted to two males – both aged in their late teens – who had self-presented at a south London hospital suffering shotgun pellet injuries which are not believed to be serious.
“The investigation is being led by detectives from South West CID. There has been no arrest at this stage.
“A large group of males had been seen in the area prior to the shots being discharged and enquiries are ongoing to locate these individuals. Detectives are urging anyone in this group who has not yet spoken with police to come forward.
“They are also asking witnesses or anyone with information to contact them on 101 and quote CAD5607/24March.
“To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”