Suspects remain 'at large' after a drive-by shooting in Notting Hill has left a man in hospital in a ‘serious but stable’ condition.
The street shooting in up-market North Kensington came within 24 hours of another shooting just two miles away in Hammersmith.
The first victim in his 20s is thought to have been shot in the back at around 6:45pm on Sunday, in an apparently random attack just yards from his home in Hammersmith Grove.
The second victim, also in his 20s, was gunned down in Colville Gardens by armed men driving in a people carrier in what appears to be an unrelated incident.
Police were called to the road at around 7.20pm. The man was taken to hospital by ambulance where he is in a serious but stable condition. Officers say the car drove off in the direction of Colville Terrace nearby.
A witness who did not want to be named said that at around 5:30pm she saw a gang of youths with their faces covered hanging around Colville Gardens, just two hours before the man was gunned down in the same street.
The Hammersmith victim is in a stable condition at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington after it is thought one bullet passed through his back, lung and arm - narrowly missing his rib cage.
The victim’s father is quoted as saying: “I heard some popping noises, like fire crackers, and then my boy came running in and said call an ambulance. He wasn’t breathing too well. He was shot in the back. I only saw one [bullet] hole because I was told by the ambulance to put pressure on it.
“I don’t know what happened. He’s 20 years younger than me but this age group don’t think first before they react.”
The road was closed for several hours as forensic teams scoured the scene until midday yesterday.
No arrests have been made in connection with either shooting but detectives said there is ‘nothing to suggest’ that the shootings are linked.
Both incidents are being investigated by Trident Gang Crime Command.
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