A 15-year-old boy has tragically died after being stabbed outside of a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Wandsworth.
Officers on patrol came across several males fighting outside the supermarket on Garratt Lane SW18 at around 16:58 hrs on Thursday, 29 October.
Two boys were found near the Garratt Lane Burial Ground suffering from serious knife injuries.
Paramedics from the London Ambulance Service also raced to the scene.
One of the victims, a 15-year-old boy, was rushed to hospital. But he sadly died of his injuries.
A video has been shared on social media, which shows paramedics and Met Police officers fighting to save the boy’s life as shoppers casually carry on with their shopping in the background.
A toddler can be seen looking on through the window as a police officer carries out chest compressions on the boy who later died in hospital. In the footage, a police officer who was with the victim can be seen looking at the toddler before the toddlers mum picks her up and carries her away.
The 2nd victim, also a 15-year-old boy, sustained injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening.
Two males have been arrested. One, a 19-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.
He had suffered a head injury that did not require hospital treatment.
A 17-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of affray.
Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command (Homicide) said:
“My deepest condolences are with the family of this young man. I want to reassure them that my team and I are working to give them the answers they deserve.
“While our investigation is still in its early days, it would appear that an altercation occurred between two groups of males in the Garrett Lane area, outside Sainsbury’s, at around 16:50 hours on Thursday evening. It was during this altercation that the victim was stabbed and sadly, later died.
“This was a busy area, very near to the shopping centre within Wandsworth.
“There will be people who saw or heard something suspicious that could help us to piece together the final moments for the victim and possibly identify who was responsible.
“It is these people we urgently need to speak to. I am appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to call the incident room and share that information with police. All calls will be treated with sensitivity and confidentiality.”
Detective Superintendent Owain Richards said:
“My thoughts are first and foremost with the family of this young boy who lost his life.
“This is understandably a shocking incident that will have deep impact on the wider community.
“I know that the detectives on this case will be working tirelessly to understand what led up to this tragic incident and ultimately to bring the person or people responsible to justice.
“Tackling violence remains the top priority for the Met and I would encourage any members of the community who have any information to get in touch with us or Crimestoppers as soon as possible.”
Anyone who has information, video or images that could assist police are asked to call 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 5042/29 Oct.
A spokesperson for the Met Police said:
“We know that calling to give information on knife crime is difficult, but your call could help save lives.
“When you get in touch with Crimestoppers, you have the power to speak up and stop crime, 100% anonymously”.
Find out more at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/hardcallssavelives.
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