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Police have launched an investigation after a teenage girl was shot in South East London in the early hours of this morning.
Armed police rushed to the scene on Lucas Street in Lewisham at around 3am today, where they found a woman suffering from a gunshot injury. She was rushed to hospital by London Ambulance Service, and is not in a life-threatening or life-changing condition.
The Metropolitan Police said a number of crime scenes are in place and there have been no arrests ‘at this early stage’.
Residents claimed they heard a woman ‘screaming’ and ‘five gun shots’ in the area at around 3am.
Police and forensic officers in Lewisham, South East London, April 23, 2022
A forensics officer taking a photo in Lewisham, South East London, April 23, 2022
Forensics are at the scene of the shooting and are combing for evidence in a black Mercedes which sits abandoned within the police cordon.
The black Mercedes is outside Pizza Hut, on the junction between Lewisham Way and Lucas Street.
One local told MyLondon: ‘I came home from work early hours in the morning, about 3am. I heard gunshots and shouting and screaming.
‘I looked out the window and saw people running and shouting. It was about five gun shots I heard.’
Another resident, photographer Ryan Whitaker, said: ‘I was woken up by the shooting, as I live on one of the roads adjacent to Lewisham Way. I was asleep and it woke me up.
A forensic officer with a camera on a tripod in Lewisham, April 23, 2022
‘There were about five rounds fired off, then a girl let out a loud scream.’
A force spokesman said: ‘Police were called by LAS at 03:11hrs on Saturday, 23 April to Lucas Street SE14 following reports of a shooting. Specialist firearms officers were among those who responded.
‘Following a search a woman, aged in her late teens, was found with a gunshot injury to her arm in Lewisham Way.
She was taken to hospital; her condition is not life-threatening or life-changing.
‘A number of crime scenes are in place. A number of bullet casings have been recovered and sent for specialist analysis. At this early stage there have been no arrests.’
Enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information should call 101 ref CAD 942/23 Apr.