Two murder inquiries open after stabbing and shooting deaths
Man killed in shooting in Malden Road, and a woman
09 September, 2019 — By Samantha Booth
A forensic tent in Belmont Street this morning
POLICE are dealing with two fatal incidents in Camden after a night of violence saw a woman die in a stabbing and a man killed in a shooting.
Although the incidents came just streets apart, detectives are not linking the investigations.
Two forensic tents were in place this morning (Monday).
In Belmont Street, Chalk Farm, police and paramedics found a woman in her early 20s with stab injury. She was declared dead at the scene just before midnight. Police believe they know her identity, and she has been named locally as a mother-of-one from Holborn called Shakira.
Two other women found with slash injuries were taken to hospital but are not in a life-threatening condition.
A 35-year-old woman has been arrested and is being held in custody on suspicion of murder.
The scene in Malden Road
Police were in the nearby area dealing with reports of the shooting at a similar time. A man in his 20s was declared dead at the crossroads between Malden Road and Prince of Wales Road just after midnight. He had been found with a gunshot injury.
No arrests have been made so far in relation to the man’s death.
Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli, who leads Camden and Islington’s police, said: “My thoughts are with the family and friends of the two people who died last night. Tragic and needless. My heart sunk when I received the news. My senior team and I met this morning and police presence will be increased. There will be meeting key partners tomorrow to discuss the tragedies.”
In a joint statement, Councillor Georgia Gould, leader of Camden Council and Keir Starmer, MP for Holborn and St Pancras, said: “We are devastated that a young woman and man lost their lives in two separate incidents in Camden, in Haverstock ward last night.
“Just this weekend, the Queens Crescent festival brought residents together to celebrate everyone who makes Gospel Oak and Haverstock and the wider community so special. The festival represented the hard work of so many leaders and residents who are committed to their neighbourhoods and to making their community a safe space for people to live and for children and young people to grow up in. Now is a time of grief and sadness, and our thoughts are with the families who are experiencing unimaginable loss today.
“These two incidents are unconnected tragedies, but we recognise that the roots of violence are complex and require dedicated and focused effort to address. Camden have created a Safer Camden Network and put officers and resources into leading our work around community and youth safety, and the Network will be deeply involved in working with our residents and understanding their priorities for keeping their neighbourhoods safe.
“The Police are investigating, and the Council are working closely with them. Our community presence officers will be in and around Gospel Oak and Haverstock today, speaking with residents.”
Police have appealed for witnesses to the either incident to come forward.