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Last Updated: Friday, 29 September 2006, 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK
McDonald's shooting victim stable
The McDonalds's restaurant in Brixton
The shooting happened inside McDonald's
A teenager shot in the stomach in front of families and schoolchildren at a McDonald's restaurant is now in a stable condition, police have said.

A gunman opened fire on the youth and his friend at the fast food restaurant on Brixton Road, south London, on Thursday evening.

The second teenage victim is also said to be in a stable condition.

Police said the gunman, described as black and about 6ft 1in tall, ran off from the scene on foot.

The teenager shot in the stomach was earlier described as critically ill.

There wasn't enough police at first - it was chaos
Community leader Steve Martin

Appealing for witnesses, Det Con Luis Martinez said: "The venue was very busy at the time of the shooting and those present, including families with young children, were shocked and terrified by this violent attack."

Local community leader Steve Martin said: "I thought I might be able to help so I went over there. There weren't enough police at first, it was chaos.

"It was such a busy road, and traffic was being diverted so it was gridlock. Crowds started to gather on one side of the road."

Mr Martin did not believe the incident was gang-related.

"I know a lot of people and I would have heard about it. I think the gunman knew the teenagers," he said.

It is still not clear whether the boys were customers at the food outlet.

"Officers have reviewed the CCTV footage and confirmed that the two victims had been popping in and out of the restaurant," a McDonald's spokeswoman, Amanda Pierce said.

The shooting is being investigated by officers from Operation Trident, which investigates gun crime in London's black community.


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