Saturday 15 December 2018

Devastated mother pleads for son's killing to be the last fatal shooting in 24-hour crime wave

A woman who identified herself as Pretana Morgan, the mother of shooting victim, named by local media as Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, is comforted as she visits the scene where her son died on Saturday, in London, Britain May 6, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
A woman who identified herself as Pretana Morgan, the mother of shooting victim, named by local media as Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, is comforted as she visits the scene where her son died on Saturday, in London, Britain May 6, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
A woman who identified herself as Pretana Morgan, the mother of shooting victim, named by local media as Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, is comforted as she visits the scene where her son died on Saturday, in London, Britain May 6, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
A police search team at the scene ouside Aberfeldy House in Camberwell New Road, Southwark, south London, as 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead in Warham Street on Saturday evening after officers were called to reports of gunshots on nearby Cooks Road Victoria Jones/PA Wire
Police officers comb the cordoned area in Camberwell New Road, Southwark, south London, as 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead at Warham Street on Saturday evening after officers were called to reports of gunshots on nearby Cooks Road. Victoria Jones/PA Wire
A police search team at the scene ouside Aberfeldy House in Camberwell New Road, Southwark, south London, as 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead in Warham Street on Saturday evening after officers were called to reports of gunshots on nearby Cooks Road. Victoria Jones/PA Wire
Police officers comb the cordoned area in Camberwell New Road, Southwark, south London, as 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead at Warham Street on Saturday evening after officers were called to reports of gunshots on nearby Cooks Road.Victoria Jones/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by Abigael Adeoye of Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton who has been named as the the 17-year-old boy shot dead near his home in south London. Abigael Adeoye/PA Wire
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A mother has pleaded for her son's killing to be the last fatal shooting, amid a 24-hour crime wave.

Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was gunned down in London less than 24 hours before two other teenage boys - one aged just 13 - were shot in broad daylight in one of the capital's streets.

The 17-year-old rapper and aspiring architect had "so much potential", his mother said as she tearfully told of her "handsome boy".

Police have said extra patrols will be working on bank holiday Monday to keep the capital's streets safe.

A woman who identified herself as Pretana Morgan, the mother of shooting victim, named by local media as Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, is comforted as she visits the scene where her son died on Saturday, in London, Britain May 6, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
A woman who identified herself as Pretana Morgan, the mother of shooting victim, named by local media as Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, is comforted as she visits the scene where her son died on Saturday, in London, Britain May 6, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Rhyhiem's death is the latest in a spate of violent crimes in the capital, as police investigate more than 60 alleged murders so far this year.

Official statistics released in April showed the number of homicides in London had surged by 44% in the last year.

Undated handout photo issued by Abigael Adeoye of Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton who has been named as the the 17-year-old boy shot dead near his home in south London. Abigael Adeoye/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by Abigael Adeoye of Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton who has been named as the the 17-year-old boy shot dead near his home in south London. Abigael Adeoye/PA Wire

Elsewhere, two men died in stabbings in Liverpool and Luton during the bank holiday weekend.

A 20-year-old man died after being stabbed in Liverpool city centre early on Sunday morning, while another victim, also aged 20, was killed in Bishopscote Road in Luton that evening.

Rhyhiem's mother, Pretana Morgan, called for a stop to devastating violence.

She said: "Let my son be the last and be an example to everyone. Just let it stop. What must be, must be."

Police officers comb the cordoned area in Camberwell New Road, Southwark, south London, as 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead at Warham Street on Saturday evening after officers were called to reports of gunshots on nearby Cooks Road. Victoria Jones/PA Wire
Police officers comb the cordoned area in Camberwell New Road, Southwark, south London, as 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead at Warham Street on Saturday evening after officers were called to reports of gunshots on nearby Cooks Road. Victoria Jones/PA Wire

She added: "It's not about race, it's not about nation, it's not about culture. Nothing. It's just a human race.

"Just one human race. So children, please let my son be the last."

A police search team at the scene ouside Aberfeldy House in Camberwell New Road, Southwark, south London, as 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead in Warham Street on Saturday evening after officers were called to reports of gunshots on nearby Cooks Road Victoria Jones/PA Wire
A police search team at the scene ouside Aberfeldy House in Camberwell New Road, Southwark, south London, as 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead in Warham Street on Saturday evening after officers were called to reports of gunshots on nearby Cooks Road Victoria Jones/PA Wire

She said her son was not in a gang and he had been "trying to make a difference" by learning to work with children.

Paramedics and police were called to reports of gunshots on Cooks Road in Kennington on Saturday at just after 6pm.

Rhyhiem was found on nearby Warham Street with a gunshot injury.

Following the death, Labour MP David Lammy tweeted: "Enough. Enough. My heart goes out to families grieving children and teenagers. So many shattered lives, families and communities."

The Metropolitan Police said officers had not yet made any arrests in connection with the shooting and said there would be additional patrols in London on the bank holiday.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Messinger added officers were using search powers to seize knives and to stop cars carrying weapons.

In another episode of gun violence on Sunday, a 13-year-old boy suffered a shotgun pellet wound to the head within minutes of another teenager, aged 15, also being injured in a gun attack.

Both boys suffered head injuries in the incident in Wealdstone in Harrow and remain in hospital.

They are not thought to be in a life-threatening condition, a Scotland Yard spokeswoman said.

She added that they are investigating whether the incidents, at two locations in close proximity in High Street on Sunday, were linked.

A 43-year-old was stabbed in Perivale, north-west London on Sunday night, after a dispute about driving.

Police said the man was attacked on Buckingham Avenue at around 9pm on Sunday after a number of residents questioned a man driving a blue car about the nature of his driving in the small residential street.

Meanwhile, three people were injured in a "noxious substance" assault following an altercation between two groups in east London at around 5.20am on Sunday.

Police are investigating whether the men, aged 22 and 27, and a 17-year-old boy, suffered life-changing injuries in the incident, at Shacklewell Lane in Hackney.

Just before 6.30pm on Sunday, police were flagged down by a member of the public in New Cross Road, south east London, where a 22-year-old man was suffering from gunshot wounds.

The injured man was taken by ambulance to a central London hospital where his condition is not life-threatening, Scotland Yard said.

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