They wave of violence among Black youth in the British capital continued to claim lives when Eniola Aluko, 19, was on Friday shot dead at Plumstead, London.
According to UK’s Metropolitan Police, the young Nigerian, who is from Thamesmead, died after sustaining gunshot wounds to the neck and chest.
Metropolitan Police said they were called to the scene, a car park on Hartville Road, just before 5:00 p.m. on Friday.
Aluko was found with critical injuries and died at the scene.
A post-mortem examination held on Saturday gave the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the neck and chest.
Already police have arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of murder.
Four other people, all teenagers, who were arrested in relation to the crime have been granted bail pending the start of trial in early July.
Detective Inspector John Marriott, said, “I am continuing to appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time, who saw or heard anything suspicious to contact police.
“The shooting took place not far from Plumstead Railway Station and I would urge anyone who was commuting to or from this station to come forward. It was also sunny at the time and a number of people would have been enjoying the weather in the area of Plumstead Gardens; I need you to come forward.
“Although we have now made five arrests I am continuing to ask for your help to progress this investigation.”
Minutes before Aluko was shot, another Black youth Cheyon Evans, 18, was stabbed to death on Friday afternoon in Wandsworth, south London. On Saturday, a Black man in his 30s died after he was stabbed in Tower Hamlets.
The deaths take the total number of homicides in London in 2019 to 57. This time last year there had been 77 homicides, 48 of which were stabbings, according to the police.