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Girl, 7, five others injured by suspected drive by shooting outside a central London church

A seven-year-old girl has suffered life-threatening injuries in a suspected drive-by shooting outside a central London church.

A remembrance service was being held at St Aloysius Church in Euston when shots were reportedly fired from a moving vehicle on Saturday afternoon.

The Met Police said a 12-year-old girl and four women – aged 21, 41, 48 and 54 – were also injured.

The 48-year-old may have life-changing injuries, police said.

The three other women’s injuries are not life-threatening and the 12-year-old girl has been treated for a minor leg injury, said the force.

The seven-year-old, who was taken to a central London hospital at about 14:05 GMT, “remains in hospital in a life-threatening condition”.

In a statement, the Met said an urgent investigation was under way and details of the incident were still emerging.

“At this early stage, there have been no arrests,” it said.

Supt Ed Wells said any shooting incident was “unacceptable, but for multiple people, including two children, to be injured in a shooting in the middle of a Saturday afternoon is shocking”.

“Our thoughts are with all the victims, but in particular with the seven-year-old girl. An investigation into this dreadful attack is already well under way,” he said.

“I can assure the communities of Camden and beyond that we will do everything we possibly can to identify and bring to justice those who were responsible.”

He added that there would be “an increased visible police presence in the area through the weekend and into the days ahead”.

Detectives have urged anyone with video footage or CCTV to contact the force.

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