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article imagePolice launch new appeal in shooting of five year old girl

By Alexander Baron     May 31, 2011 in Crime
London - A report on an appeal for witnesses in one of the most shocking street crimes in London this year, the shooting of a five year old girl.
Yesterday, the Metropolitan Police released CCTV footage of a number of potential witnesses in the shooting of the youngest victim of Britain’s gun culture. Five year old Thusha Kamaleswaran was caught in the crossfire on March 29 as a turf war erupted between two gangs of London’s self-styled gangstas. Last month, her uncle said that Thusha, who is paralysed from the waist down, may yet walk again, although her condition is currently unclear.
On March 31, a reward of £50,000 was offered for information in connection with the shooting. On April 2, nineteen year old Anthony McCalla was charged with the attempted murder of both Thusha and 35 year old Roshan Selvakumar, a shop assistant who was hit in the face. Thusha had been visiting her uncle at the Stockwell Food and Wine shop on his birthday when the incident occurred. Two more youths were subsequently charged in connection with the shooting: eighteen year old Kazeem Kolawole and twenty year old Nathaniel Grant.
Of the CCTV images, Detective Chief Inspector Tony Boughton said: “We would like to speak to all of these people, or anyone who knows who they are, as we believe they might have crucial information that we need about what happened that night.”
He added there had been an “incredible response” to the appeal, which may indicate that the code of omertà and the “anti-snitch” culture which has for so long surrounded these sort of incidents is at last coming to an end.
In Britain, reporting of such incidents is far more restricted than in the United States for legal reasons, and very little of what actually happened has so far been confirmed, but this particular shooting appears to have been one-sided. Two black youths were being chased by three others, on bicycles, and took refuge in the shop. So gangsters now ride around on bicycles? This case has echoes of the murder of eleven year old Rhys Jones, who was also shot by a teenage gangster riding a bicycle, only that time it was white on white gang violence.
Unless there are any new developments, the next the public is likely to hear about this case is June 10, when there will be a hearing at the Central Criminal Court.
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