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Police have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after a drive-by shooting outside a church in London left a seven-year-old girl seriously injured.
The shooting happened outside a church close to Euston station with the Metropolitan Police confirming that the man was arrested after a car was stopped in Barnet at around 4pm on Sunday (January 15).
He has now been taken into custody.
Along with the seven-year-old girl, four women were also hospitalised with serious injuries.
They were aged 12, 41, 48 and 54 with the 48-year-old suffering potentially life-changing injuries.
The 21-year-old woman was taken to a central London hospital and is in a non-life-threatening condition.
Scotland Yard said shotgun pellets were fired from a car at around 1.30pm on Saturday (January 14) before it was driven off.
A statement from Metropolitan Police read: "At 14:05hrs, police were informed that a seven-year-old girl had been taken to a central London hospital with injuries sustained in the same incident. She remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition."
Officers attended the scene along with medics from the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.
One resident, who lives near the church, said: "An ambulance helicopter landed in Maria Fidelis School to transport the wounded to hospital. There were dozens of police and ambulances blocking off the whole of Phoenix Road."
Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information should call 101, giving the reference 3357/14JAN.
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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