Innocent Boy Dies in Crossfire; Killing Ground: A Police Officer at the Scene in Walworth Where an 18-Year-Old Was Shot in the Back When Two Gunmen Fired at Two Youths Trying to Flee into This Costcutter Store

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Innocent Boy Dies in Crossfire; Killing Ground: A Police Officer at the Scene in Walworth Where an 18-Year-Old Was Shot in the Back When Two Gunmen Fired at Two Youths Trying to Flee into This Costcutter Store


Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT, RASHID RAZAQ

AN INNOCENT teenager was shot dead at a south London supermarket after being caught up in a drive-by attack.

The 18-year-old was hit in the back by a single bullet after gunmen on mopeds fired at two youths trying to flee into a Costcutter store in Walworth.

The victim was entering the supermarket with his brothers and some friends last night when up to five youths pulled up on the pavement on three mopeds.

Police believe two gunmen opened fire indiscriminately at the two running into the supermarket but hit the teenager instead. He managed to stagger to the back of the shop before collapsing.

Air ambulance paramedics treated him at the scene but he was pronounced dead nearly an hour later.

The teenager is the 22nd to be killed in London this year and the third to be shot.

Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson of the Operation Trident squad, which targets gun crime in the black community, said: "It appears at this stage that the victim has no links to gang activity and that he was an innocent bystander caught up in the line of fire and was not the intended target.

"The victim was walking down Walworth Road with family members. As they entered Costcutters, two black men forced their way into the shop behind them as if they were trying to get away from something. As they did so, shots were fired. Up to five male suspects drove away on three mopeds in the direction of Boyson Road."

He appealed to anyone who was in the store or who saw the youths on the mopeds to contact them urgently. …

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