Terrible moment: A drive-by gunman opens fire at the funeral service in London
This is the horrifying moment when a gunman opens fire outside a memorial service for the ex-wife and daughter of a drug cartel gangster, as a man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and a young girl is fighting for her life in hospital.
CCTV footage from an adjacent street shows a black car approaching the church in Euston, central London, just before a huge bang is heard around 1.30pm on Saturday.
Crowds of people are then seen fleeing the scene on foot, some hearing screams as they try to get to safety. It is not known if the black car in the footage was involved in the incident.
It comes after the Metropolitan Police said they had arrested a 22-year-old man after the shooting, which left six people injured, including a seven-year-old girl who remains in serious condition with “life-threatening” injuries.
CCTV footage from outside the church showed a dark-colored car driving down the street where the shooting took place
Immediately after the shooting, surveillance cameras showed people fleeing in horror
Detectives say the man was taken into custody after a car was stopped in Cricklewood Lane, Barnet, just before 4pm yesterday afternoon.
The shooting, which took place around 1.30pm on Saturday January 14, came as mourners attended a service for a 20-year-old British-Colombian cancer victim and her 50-year-old mother.
Family and friends of Sara Sanchez and her mother Fresia Calderon were at St Aloysius Church on Phoenix Road opposite Euston Station for the memorial service.
Ms Calderon is believed to have died of a blood clot in November after a flight from Colombia to Heathrow, before Ms Sanchez died of end-stage leukaemia, three weeks later.
It is reported that a man jumped out of a car and shot into the crowd as members of the congregation went outside to release white doves – a symbol of peace.
Met Police officers, along with paramedics from the London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance, rushed to the scene after reports of multiple injuries.
Three women, aged 48, 54 and 41, were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, although the 48-year-old’s wounds were ruled potentially life-changing.
A 21-year-old woman was also taken to a central London hospital and her condition was assessed as non-life-threatening.
It emerged yesterday morning that Ms. Calderon was married to a convicted member of the Cali cartel.
The question arises whether the incident could be linked to the Colombian drug trade.
Carlos Arturo Sanchez-Coronado had been jailed in the UK for his role in a money-laundering operation by a gang linked to the Cali cartel in Colombia, the Telegraph reports.
Police officers are investigating the scene of the shooting near Euston train station on Saturday night
The car shooting took place outside the memorial of a 20-year-old cancer victim and her 50-year-old mother in north London
Mr Sanchez-Coronado is said to have been the first man to be extradited to the UK from the South American country before being conceded to three counts of money laundering and forged documents.
The criminal organization’s share of the British drug market was so large that the price of cocaine is said to have risen by 50 percent after it was dismantled.
Police seized millions of pounds in cash and cocaine and marijuana with a street value of £100million in a series of raids on properties in north-west London.
Sanchez-Coronado was later tracked down in Colombia, where he had been working as a taxi driver.
He was jailed in 2009 before later returning to South America, where he is believed to have been living in the Chilean capital of Santiago when he died last year at the age of 56.
Carlos Arturo Sanchez-Coronado (left) was Fresia Calderon’s ex-husband, one of the people commemorated in the service
The shooting took place at a memorial service for Fresia Calderon (left) and her daughter Sara Sanchez (right), who died within a month
An invitation to the memorial service on Saturday asked those in attendance to wear white clothing in memory of the mother and daughter
The incident took place on Phoenix Road, just yards from Euston Station in central London
CCTV footage obtained by Sky News shows a black car driving down the street where the shooting took place around the time of the incident.
In the video, a loud bang can be heard before people run screaming from the church and a dark-colored car drives down Phoenix Road near Euston train station.
A police source told The Mail on Sunday a man jumped out of the car and shot into the crowd as white doves – symbols of peace – were released.
The service shooter was suspected to have aimed at a member of the crowd in a revenge attack, although police have not yet revealed a motive for the crime.
Since then, shocking footage has surfaced showing the chaos at the church as the mass shooting began.
Father Jeremy Trood, who led the memorial service, said the scenes following the shooting were “pandemonium”.
Mourners can be heard screaming and running back to the church for safety, with one person yelling “We have to get out” while another says “Get in the back.”
Others could be heard crying, some shouting “Oh my God” and others being told to “sit down”.
A woman who attended the funeral said last night: “People say the intended target of the shooting was a man who attended the service.
“There is speculation that it was some kind of revenge attack.”
Father Jeremy Trood, who led the service ahead of Saturday’s shooting, said it was “pandemonium” and told Sky News he heard a gunshot shortly after mourners left the church to release the doves.
A guest who attended the funeral said Saturday, “People say the intended target of the shooting was a man who attended the funeral,” said a woman from last night’s funeral. “There is speculation that it was some kind of revenge attack.”
Met Police Superintendent Jack Rowlands spoke at the scene Sunday morning, before the arrests were made, and described the shooting as a “senseless act of violence.”
He added: “Just before 1.30pm yesterday we were called to reports of a shooting outside St Aloysius Church in Phoenix Road, Camden.
“Officials responded with paramedics and a crew from the London Air Ambulance.
“They found several people with injuries caused by shotgun bullets.
“We believe the suspects fired a shotgun from a moving vehicle, which was a black Toyota C-HR, likely a 2019 model or similar.
“It was a shocking incident. People came here to attend a funeral, to be with friends and family and to mourn together, but instead they were the victims of a senseless act of violence.’
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information as to what happened should call 101 and quote the reference 3357/14JAN.
Information can also be sent anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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