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London shooting: Three teenage girls injured

The scene of shooting in North Kensington
Image caption The incident took place in John Fearon Walk in North Kensington

Three young women have been injured in a shooting in west London.

The victims, aged 17, 18 and 19, were taken to hospital after the incident in John Fearon Walk, near Queen's Park, just before 19:15 BST on Thursday.

London Ambulance Service said the 18-year-old was taken to hospital as a priority while the two others made their own way there.

The injuries to the three victims are not life-threatening, a police spokesman said.

He said: "We have got officers down there trying to piece together what is going on."

A spokesman for London Ambulance Service said: "Staff treated an 18-year-old woman at the scene. She was taken to hospital as a priority.

Image caption The area has a long-term issue of gang violence, MP Karen Buck says

"Two other teenage girls, also with gunshot wounds, made their own way to hospital."

A police spokesman said the youngest girl has now been discharged but the others remain in hospital.

The incident is being investigated by officers from the Met Police's Operation Trident which tackles gun crime in the black community.

Police said preliminary investigation shows one shot was fired but it is not yet clear how all three suffered injuries.

Karen Buck, MP for Westminster North, said she had been informed of four separate gang-related incidents in the west London area over the past 24 hours.

She said they included a fight in Paddington Green and another "significant" fight on Harrow Road.

Ms Buck said: "There have been a number of incidents in the last few days alone and a long-term problem of some inter-gang rivalries here."

The Labour politician visited the area after the shooting and tweeted: "On Mozart Estate after reports of 3 girls being shot.

"Desperately worried about local gang and youth violence. We have to get a grip."

Community leaders have made several attempts to make the area safer in recent years.

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