Moment the gunman opens fire outside a north London church, captured by CCTV

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The black Toyota car is seen speeding away after the shooting as terrified mourners fled the scene (Image: PA / Sky News / Facebook)

The horrifying moment when a gunman opened fire outside a north London church, injuring a seven-year-old girl, was caught on video surveillance.

Video footage from outside St Aloysius’ Church in Euston shows a black Toyota pulling up before gunshots are heard, followed by the screams of witnesses.

In the video surveillance, dozens of mourners and passers-by, hearing the loud bang and possibly seeing what had happened, began running from the scene.

A woman is heard screaming “Oh my God” after the shotgun pellets are fired.

Another video from inside the church shows people scrambling for safety and running back into the church, with one person yelling, “We have to get out,” while another says, “Go to the back.”

Others were heard crying, some screaming and others were told to sit down.

A woman who attended the funeral said: “People say the intended target of the shooting was a man attending the service.

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“There is speculation that it was some kind of revenge attack.”

Last night police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after a car was stopped in Cricklewood Lane, Barnet, just before 4pm on Sunday.

The attack is said to have happened outside a requiem mass for Sara Sanchez, 20, and her mother, who both died in November.

Around 300 people left the mass for Sara, who died of leukemia in November, and her Colombian mother Fresia Calderon, 50, who suffered a deadly blood clot three weeks earlier.

Supt Jack Rowlands asked for information and said: “People came to attend a funeral, to be with friends and loved ones and to mourn together. Instead, they became the victims of a senseless act of violence.”

He said Metropolitan police officers chased a black Toyota C-HR — likely a 2019 model or similar — containing the shooter and at least one other person before speeding away.

Additional officers have been deployed to the streets of Camden since the shooting just before 1.30pm on Saturday.

A police source told The Mail on Sunday a man jumped out of the car and shot into the crowd as white doves – symbols of peace – were released.

It is believed that the shooter was not aiming at the women but was trying to kill someone else.

CCTV of moment gunman opens fire at church in north London SKY News

CCTV footage shows the gunman stopped outside the church in the black Toyota (Image: Sky News)

CCTV of moment gunman opens fire at church in north London SKY News

After gunshots are heard in the street, the car quickly speeds away (Picture: Sky News)

CCTV of moment gunman opens fire at church in north London SKY News

Frightened churchgoers and worshipers could be seen screaming as they ran away (Image: Sky News)

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A grieving woman, who asked not to be named, told The Mail On Sunday: “People say the intended target was a man in worship. There is speculation that it was some kind of revenge attack.’

Father Jeremy Trood, who led the service, said: “I heard the bang and people ran back into the church. They knew something had happened outside. They were very scared, people hid in the church until the police said they could go, but some were so scared they had to wait a while before they could regain their confidence.’

When rescue workers arrived at the scene, they found the victims with gunshot wounds on a small side street near Euston train station.

A view of St Aloysius Roman Catholic Church on Phoenix Road in Euston, where four women and two children were injured when gunmen fired buckshot from a black Toyota outside the church, as people attended a memorial service around 1.30pm on Saturday participated. A seven-year-old girl is in stable but life-threatening condition after the alleged drive-by shooting outside the church, while another girl and four women were injured in the same incident. Picture date: Sunday January 15, 2023. PA Photo. See PA Story POLICE Funeral. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Officers outside St Aloysius Church near Euston Station in north London (Image: PA)

Drive-by Shooting - Euston

Forensic officers at the scene searched for evidence before a man was arrested (Image: PA)

Drive-by Shooting - Euston

SuptJack Rowlands has urged all witnesses to come forward (Image: PA)

Single mom Fresia Calderon and her daughter Sara Sanchez https://www.gofundme.com/f/pjx7j-help-sara-fight-cancer

It was a service for Sara and Fresia (Picture: GoFundMe)

Fresia Calderon and Sara Sanchez

Mourners had gathered for Sara and Fresia’s funeral (Photo: Fresia Calderon)

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Police said three wounded women, aged 21, 41 and 54, are likely to make a full recovery. However, a 48-year-old suffered potentially life-changing injuries.

The 12-year-old girl was hit in the leg and was discharged from the hospital. The seven-year-old was in “stable but life-threatening condition” last night.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information about the incident is asked to call 101 on reference 3357/14JAN and information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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