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Two boys, aged 12 and 15, shot in London in separate incidents – one day after 19-year-old was shot dead

The Sunday shootings occurred within a short timespan in Harrow, North London, and neither was fatal; the day before, Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead in South London

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 May, 2018, 2:45am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 May, 2018, 2:46am

A 12-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy have been shot in two separate incidents in northwest London, police have said.

The shootings occurred within a short timespan in Harrow, North London, on Sunday and both were not fatal.

They came one day after a 19-year-old was fatally shot in Southwark in South London, around 11 and a half miles (18.6km) away.

On Saturday officers were called at 1.17pm to High Street, Wealdstone, to reports of a person having been shot.

A spokesman for the police said: “At the scene a 15-year-old boy suffering from a gunshot wound was treated by London ambulance service (LAS) before being taken to a central London hospital for treatment. His injuries are still being assessed – we await details of these and his condition.”

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At 1.19pm, LAS alerted police to reports of a second boy with gunshot wounds in a different location on Wealdstone’s High Street.

A 12-year-old boy was treated at the scene before being taken to a west London hospital, where he remains. The spokesman said police were also awaiting details of his injuries and his condition.

No arrests have yet been made and no firearms have been recovered.

On Saturday, another teen, 19-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, was shot dead in Southwark at around 6pm.

Barton, who was an aspiring architect and rapper, was eulogised by his mother, Pretana Morgan, who told reporters: “I couldn't have asked for a better son. My son was a very handsome boy. He's got so much potential.”

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She insisted her son was not involved in gangs and had been working to help underprivileged youths. 

“We’re not being protected because of the police,” she said. “The police are the ones putting us in danger.”