Third arrest in girl shooting probe
A third man has been arrested in connection with the shooting of five-year-old Thusha Kamaleswaran.
The 18-year-old was arrested on Sunday and taken to a south London police station, where he remains in custody, Scotland Yard said. He is also being held in connection with the shooting of 35-year-old Roshan Selvakumar in the incident at a shop in Stockwell, south London.
Last week, Thusha's mother urged people to help the police and save another family from suffering the same tragedy.
Sharmila Kamaleswaran said what had happened to her daughter had left her feeling empty inside. She said: "This incident has caused much shock for me and my family.
"As any mother, I have deep love for all my children and what has happened to my daughter Thusha has left me feeling empty inside. I cannot eat or sleep properly until she opens her eyes. My daughter Thusha is such a sweet, quiet and helpful child, always smiling and laughing. I cannot wait to hear her voice again and hold her.
"I thank everyone who is praying for her. I ask for any person who knows about those responsible for this to come forward and speak to the police. I do not wish this to happen to another family.
"I thank all hospital staff who are involved in the care of my daughter Thusha. I thank the press for highlighting this story but ask that they respect the privacy of my family, especially my other children who themselves are having to deal with the tragic nature of their sister's injuries."
She spoke as a man was remanded in custody charged with two counts of attempted murder following the double shooting.
Anthony McCalla, 19, of Oakdale Road, Streatham, south London, will appear next at the Old Bailey on June 10. He appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court on Saturday charged with shooting the little girl and bystander Mr Selvakumar.
On Friday night, a 14-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the shootings was bailed to a date later this month.