A 17-year-old girl who was shot dead for ‘no reason at all’ in a drive-by shooting in north London last night has been named locally as Tanesha. Tanesha was hanging out with friends on Chalgrove Road, Tottenham, when she was shot by someone in a car shortly before 9.30pm on Monday night.
A woman who knew the murdered girl said the victim was ‘just chilling with friends’ when she was shot from a car for ‘no reason at all’. The 21-year-old, who did not want to be named, said: ‘The car just pulled up and just started shooting.’ She said she heard the gunshots ‘like fireworks’ from her house. Rapper Wretch32, who lives in Tottenham, tweeted: ‘Wish I knew what to say about what’s happening in my ends. North London we’re better then this man smh R.I.P to the young angel who lost her life last night. love & prayers to the family. I’m honestly lost for words.’
In a separate shooting at the same time, a 16-year-old boy was left in a critical condition after he was shot in Walthamstow. Another boy, aged 15, was taken to hospital with stab injuries. The witness in Tottenham said: ‘Her friend came banging on my door so I came out quickly. I even tried to save her – had to, had to.’
She said the gunshot wound, below the victim’s breast, was not immediately visible and it looked like she was ‘having a fit’. ‘I put her on her side and I was just rubbing her back, saying ‘everything’s going to be OK’. I just can’t believe it – so young. It’s ridiculous now.’ The woman said the victim was not responding, but added: ‘I could see she was looking at me.’ She told how the girl’s mother arrived before paramedics, adding: ‘She was screaming. She didn’t know what to do.
’ It only became clear the 17-year-old had been shot when the paramedics took her bra off.’”She didn’t deserve that. Her mum didn’t deserve to watch her die,’ she said. She described the victim as a ‘good girl’, adding: ‘She was so lovely.’ Another neighbour described the murder as ‘very sad’. ‘I heard the bangs because I sleep in the front room,’ she said. ‘I thought it was a bomb.’ Describing the area, she added: ‘It’s not nice – so many drugs, stabbings, cycles up and down – no respect for people any more.’
So far this year the Metropolitan Police have launched 47 murder inquiries – eight in January, 15 in February, 22 in March and two in April. A few days ago we showed the faces of some victims that have been murdered this year.