Drive-by shooting of women and children linked to Colombian cartel

Drive-by shooting of women and children linked to Colombian cartel

Drive-by shooting of women and children linked to Colombian cartel

A drive-by shooting at a church memorial service in London that injured four women and two children, including a seven-year-old girl who is still fighting for her life, may have been linked to a Colombian drugs cartel.

The memorial service in Euston, London was for Fresia Calderon and Sara Sanchez, the wife and daughter, respectively, of Carlos Arturo Sanchez-Coronado, who was extradited from Colombia to the UK and imprisoned for cartel-related crimes Colombian drug dealer from Cali in 2009, according to a Telegraph report.

Police have declined to link the cartel to the shooting, which left a 48-year-old woman with ‘life-changing injuries’ and a seven-year-old girl in a ‘life-threatening’ condition, injuring also three women aged 21, 41 and 54 and a 12-year-old girl, but the funeral’s ties to Sanchez-Coronado, have fueled much speculation.

Sanchez-Coronado himself is believed to have died last year, aged 56, after serving his British prison sentence and returning to Colombia.

“Four women, aged 21, 41, 48 and 54, were taken to hospitals in central London. Fortunately, their injuries were assessed as not life-threatening. The 48-year-old suffered potentially life-changing injuries,’ Superintendent Jack Rowlands said on behalf of the Metropolitan Police, recounting the incident.

“Two children were also injured. A 12-year-old girl was injured in the leg. She was treated in hospital before being released [on Saturday] afternoon. She is expected to make a full recovery.

“A seven-year-old girl was more seriously injured. She remains in hospital in a stable but life-threatening condition, and our hearts go out to her and her family.

The police officer added that “the suspects were believed to have discharged a shotgun from a moving vehicle, which was a black Toyota C-HR, likely a 2019 model or similar.”

A 22-year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the case, reports say, but no name, information on his national and ethnic origin, or physical description beyond his age and her gender has not been disclosed as of the time of publication.

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