Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Terrifying Moment Boy of Eight Was Shot in 'Road Rage'; Witnesses Tell How Gunman Opened Fire in Busy Street

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Terrifying Moment Boy of Eight Was Shot in 'Road Rage'; Witnesses Tell How Gunman Opened Fire in Busy Street

Article excerpt

Byline: OLIVER FINEGOLD

WITNESSES today described the terrifying moment an eight-year boy was shot in the head while travelling in the back of a car.

Police think he may have been the victim of a road rage attack as he was being driven through south London.

The child was in a black Lexus SUV with four adults and another child when a black Volkswagen Golf in front did a U-turn and stopped, before shots were fired from the vehicle.

Detectives said the boy, who has not been named, was shot in the back of the head and arm but is in a stable condition in hospital.

Today, witnesses told how they saw a gunman open fire from the Golf as it drove down a busy street in Battersea.

One woman, who declined to give her name, said: "The Golf was driving in front of the Lexus but it suddenly did a handbrake turn and stopped.

"One of the windows in the Golf was quickly rolled down and a gun was held out. Several shots were fired at the Lexus and I ran for cover and hid behind a dustbin.

The Golf then sped off but the Lexus was motionless.

"A man got out and I think he was the boy's father as he was screaming, 'Oh my God, oh my God, what have they done to my little boy?' "He was crying and wailing and tears were running down his face.

Three other people in the car got out and tried to comfort him but he was very upset. Someone then ran across the road and dialled 999."

Another witness, Alpesh Patel, 47, who works in a local newsagent, said he saw paramedics treat the boy.

He said: "I was locking up the store when I heard the sound of sirens. I looked out of my window and saw an ambulance and a black Lexus in the road.

"Two paramedics carefully lifted the boy out of the car and placed him on a stretcher.

"They put a drip in his arm and an oxygen mask over his face before putting him in the back of an ambulance."

The incident took place in Falcon Road near Clapham Junction at about 8pm on Sunday. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.