church shooting leaves six injured, including a girl in critical condition

A witness reported that the shots were fired as mourners who had attended mass watched an ensuing release of doves.

A 7-year-old girl is in critical condition after a shooting at a church in London on Saturday also left five others injured, police said.

The faithful, who came to attend a mass in homage to a mother and her daughter who died in November, fled screaming from this Catholic church in the capital when the shots rang out.

Close to a busy train station

“According to initial investigations, the shots were fired from a moving vehicle which then drove away from the scene,” said the London Metropolitan Police in a press release, which appealed for witnesses.

“I heard this loud bang and thought it wasn’t normal, and the next minute everyone was screaming and screaming,” a neighbor told the PA news agency.

As well as the seven-year-old girl, another 12-year-old girl and four women were injured in the shooting near busy Euston station.

A mass in homage to a mother and her daughter

The other girl was released from hospital after being treated for minor leg injuries. Four other women, aged 21 to 54, whose lives are not in danger, remain in hospital, police said.

A witness told the MyLondon news site that the shots were fired as mourners who had attended the mass watched the release of doves that followed.

The priest in charge of the service, Father Jeremy Trood, told the PA news agency that it was a mass in honor of Sara Sanchez, 20, and her mother, who died at a months apart in November, the first from leukemia and the second from thrombosis.

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