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Mother of boy, 6, and man killed in night of bloodshed in London

A young mother and a man have been killed within minutes of each other in a night of bloodshed in northwest London.

The woman, who was in her early 20s and had a six-year-old son, was found with a stab wound in Belmont Street, Camden at about 11.15pm on Sunday.

Despite being treated by paramedics, the victim, named locally as Shakira, died at the scene shortly before midnight.

Image: The woman in her 20s was shot dead in Belmont Street, Camden

Her next of kin have been informed, Scotland Yard said.

Terry Ellis, from Camden Against Violence, said the victim was "just in the wrong place at the wrong time" and it "wasn't gang-related" or "drug-related".

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He added: "As far as I know it was an argument she wasn't really involved in."

A friend of the victim, Ronney, 21, said she was a "really, really good mum" who "adored" her son.

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A police tent at the scene on Belmont Street, Camden, north-west London, where a woman, believed to be in her 20s, was stabbed to death late on Sunday night.
Image: The female victim was described as a 'really good mum'

Two other women suffered slash wounds, which are not believed to be life-threatening.

A 35-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder, the Metropolitan Police said.

Half a mile away in Kentish Town, a man in his 20s died just after midnight following a shooting.

A teaching assistant how he battled to save the life of the shooting victim as he lay on the ground with a gunshot wound to his chest.

The 25-year-old man called Will said: "We heard a gunshot, what we thought was a car backfiring, maybe a firework.

"We saw a man moving, there wasn't anyone around him. By the time I got there, there was a group around him.

The scene at the junction of Malden Road and Prince of Wales Road, Kentish Town, north-west London, where a man was found with a gunshot wound after police, including armed officers, were called to a shooting late on Sunday night.
Image: The male victim in his 20s died just after midnight

"No one was doing anything to the body so I did first aid, CPR, while I was on the phone to the ambulance."

Will said another bystander used a jumper to plug a wound in his chest.

"It was unclear whether he had been shot in the front or the back and it was a large wound," he said.

"By the time they (medics) turned up I did about three rounds of CPR and they operated on him immediately but I think he was unsaveable."

Another man who works nearby said he saw people "running, panicking" and went to see the victim "lying on the street".

A couple of others stopped their car and "started to press the heart and give CPR", he added.

An air ambulance was called but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The scene on Malden Road, Kentish Town, north-west London, where a man was found with a gunshot wound after police, including armed officers, were called to a shooting late on Sunday night.
Image: The incidents happened within minutes of each other

Formal identity is yet to take place, police said.

It is understood there is no link between the deaths, and no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.

The latest deaths come less than 12 hours after a man died from a gunshot wound in southeast London.

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