[snip]Shooting incidents in London have almost doubled compared with
the same period last year, prompting grave concerns that gun crime in
some areas is out of control.
Scotland Yard has admitted a 17% rise in overall firearms offences,
although the Metropolitan police chief, Sir Paul Stephenson, has put
that down to a blip.
They reveal that the number of actual shootings has almost doubled
from 123 to 236 in the last six months compared with the same period
last year, a rise of 91.8%. Serious firearms offences have risen by
47% across the capital.
Those discharging the firearms and those being shot at are young
teenagers involved in “respect shootings” to settle petty disputes
with little thought of the consequences, say police and community