Gunman shot at flats says terrified mum

PUBLISHED: 12:46 30 July 2009 | UPDATED: 17:00 25 August 2010

A MOTHER is frightened for her children s safety after a gunman unleashed a volley of shots at a block of flats. The mother of two, who did not want to be identified for fear of being

A MOTHER is frightened for her children's safety after a gunman unleashed a volley of shots at a block of flats.

The mother of two, who did not want to be identified for fear of being targeted, believes the latest incident at 12.45am last Friday is the third gun shooting in Victoria Way, Charlton, in as many months.

She claims the shootings are part of a gang feud involving a family living in Mascalls Court.

The mother said: "These people don't care about children getting hurt or killed.

"They fired a submachine gun at a flat, the bullets could have gone anywhere, there are children living below that could easily have been shot.

"This has turned into a nightmare, I'm too frightened to let my children play outside, they can't go out."

Six weeks earlier she said a gunman fired three shots at a man sat in his parked car at 6.30pm in full view of parents and other bystanders walking along the avenue, causing widespread panic.

The mother said: "There was a woman walking along minding her own business and they didn't even bother to wait for her to go past. She was right there when they fired three times into the car.

"She was absolutely hysterical with shock. There were people in the street all frantically on their mobile phones, it caused pure panic.

"This has been going on for years, but now it's beyond a joke and something has to be done urgently before someone innocent gets caught up in the violence."

Police cordoned off a section of Mascalls Court outside numbers 55-62 last Friday after gunfire shots were allegedly aimed at the flats.

Deeqa Khayreh, 24, visited her frightened mother Fatum who lives in the flats.

Ms Khayreh said: "It doesn't feel safe, there is a lot of violence round here with people beating each other, but the gun shooting has escalated the situation.

"We asked the police man on Friday morning outside the flat what had happened, but he couldn't say anything."

The incident is being investigated by officers attached to Operation Trident South, which looks into gun crime among the black community.

The gunman is thought to have escaped in a dark blue Ford Focus with tinted windows after the shooting. Anyone with any information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8785 8580, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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