Boy, 12, one of two children shot on London high street

A 12-year-old boy was one of two children shot on a London high street today as violence continues to surge in the capital.

Scotland Yard has confirmed two boys, aged 12 and 15, were injured in separate shootings on Wealdstone High Street in Harrow, north west London this afternoon.

The youngsters were found just two minutes apart in nearby locations after officers were called to reports of a shooting, Get West London reports.

Neither of the gun attacks are believed to be fatal. Both boys were taken to hospital and police said they await details of their condition.

A police cordon was put in place near a Specsavers store as a fleet of emergency vehicles descended at the scene with people urged to avoid the area, but traffic has since reopened in the High Street.

Kebab shop manager Cemalettin SimSek said: "I didn’t see anything to do with the shooting because I was working but then at around 1.30pm I saw loads of police appear in the High Street, too many of them.”

“There were about five or six ambulances that arrived too – I have no idea what happened.”

Bystander Ajay Ramesh Vaghela added: "It’s just a small section of the road that’s closed by police by Specsavers. I was going to the gym and saw the police cars there.

"It looks like it’s closed at the top of Palmerston Road, but people are walking up and down Wealdstone High Street as normal. I asked police what happened and they said they’d been reports of a shooting."

A Met Police spokesman said: "Police are investigating two non-fatal shootings that occurred within a short time span in Harrow, north west London, on Sunday.

"Officers were first called around 1.17pm to High Street, Wealdstone, to reports of a person having been shot.

"At the scene a 15-year-old boy suffering from a gun shot wound was treated by London Ambulance Service before being taken to a Central London hospital for treatment.

"His injuries are still being assessed – we await details of these and his condition.

"At around 1.19pm, London Ambulance Service alerted police to reports of a second boy with gunshot wounds in a different nearby location at High Street, Wealdstone.

"A 12-year-old boy was treated at the scene before being taken to a west London hospital where he remains currently. We await an update on details of his injuries and his condition.”

No arrests have been made and no gun has been recovered, police said.

The latest violence comes just hours following the death of a 17-year-old boy who was gunned down in an alleged drive-by shooting in south London last night.

The teenager, named by his grief-stricken mother as Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, was found with critical injuries on Warham Street in Kennington, Southwark.

Rhyhiem is the 15th teenager to be killed in London since Christmas and comes amid a terrifying spate of violent crimes in the capital, where police are investigating more than 60 alleged murders so far this year.

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