Energen Close in Harlesden

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Officers were called to Energen Close in Harlesden

A two-year-old boy is in a serious condition in hospital after being hurt in a shooting in Harlesden, north west London, police have said.

The lone gunman is thought to have fled on a motorbike after firing at two men, a mother and her child in Energen Close just before 21:45 BST on Wednesday.

The three adults are in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Det Ch Insp Rick Sewart said the child had been the victim of “wanton indiscriminate violence”.

He added: “As result of this terrible crime an innocent two-year-old-boy is now seriously ill in hospital.

“I know that people will be shocked and horrified that a little boy should be the victim of a gunman and I need the community to show their support for him, and his family, by telling police what they know.”

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Police said specialist gang officers were helping with the investigation

Police believe the suspect was holding a hand gun and he approached the victims in the street.

The three adults, aged in their late teens and late 20s, are said to have known one another and the child suffered his gunshot injury while sitting in a car.

Specialist detectives are continuing to investigate and the Met said no arrests have been made.

The Met’s North West Borough Commander Roy Smith said extra patrols of armed police officers will be carried out to reassure the public.

He said: “I know that residents will be worried about their safety and the safety of their families.

“This is my primary concern and local officers will be conducting additional patrols to provide support and a visible reassurance.”

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Forensic officers are continuing to examine the scene

Overnight a Section 60 order was in place for the borough of Brent until 07:00, and a dispersal zone has been authorised for the Harlesden area, the force added.

Forensic officers continue to examine the scene.

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