Man quizzed over shooting of girl
Police are questioning a man in connection with the shooting of five-year-old Thusha Kamaleswaran.
The 19-year-old was detained in south London on Thursday following the shooting on Tuesday in which the little girl and another bystander were caught in the crossfire of a suspected botched turf war attack inside a shop.
Scotland Yard said the man was being questioned at a south London police station.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Trident detectives investigating a shooting in Stockwell that left a five-year-old girl and a 35-year-old man critically injured have arrested a man this afternoon, Thursday March 31. The 19-year-old man was arrested in south London and is currently in custody at a south London police station whilst inquiries continue."
The arrest came after a teenager targeted by gangsters who accidentally shot Thusha came out of hiding to help detectives find the gun attackers.
Relatives are maintaining vigils at Thusha's hospital bedside while detectives build up a "continuity trail" of the attackers' movements. Police said the child remained in a "critical but stable" condition.
Meanwhile, beat police are beefing up their presence around Stockwell Food and Wine store as sources said up to 50 gangs were operating in the south London area. Extra police support - including several specialist Territorial Support Group officers - have been called in to provide help to reassure locals that there are no "tit for tat" retaliation attacks.
Thusha - believed to be London's youngest gun crime victim - was hit in the chest and Roshan Selvakumar, 35, suffered a head wound as two black youths cowered in the store after being chased by three other black youths on bicycles. Police said Mr Selvakumar's condition was stable.
Detectives revealed Thusha's 12-year-old brother, three-year-old sister and mother had been in the shop but were unhurt during the shooting. The store's owners are the children's aunt and uncle.
Crimestoppers is offering a £50,000 reward for information leading to the gun attackers' capture.