- Man in his 30s also hurt in 9.15pm attack
- Police say injured pair are not related
- Gunman on bicycle targeted two youths hiding in shop
Police believe that the young girl and a shopkeeper were caught in the crossfire of a gang targeting two youths who sheltered in their shop.
The shopkeeper, 35, is also being treated in hospital after he was hit inside Stockwell Food & Wine shop, on Stockwell Road, South London, at 9.15pm last night.
Both of the victims are understood to be Sri Lankan, but they are not related. The young girl was shot in the chest and the man was shot in the face.
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A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: 'It is believed two black youths ran into the shop shortly before the shots were fired.
'The youths had been chased from Broomgrove Road, across Stockwell Road, and into the shop by three other black youths on bicycles.
'Once the youths on bikes were outside the shop, one of them fired shots into the shop front.'
The pair - who police said are not related - were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Detectives are continuing their hunt for the gunman.
Sandra Rossetto, 45, said the child was awake as ambulance crew tried to stabilise her. She said: 'One of the paramedics was stroking her forehead over and over. She was awake.
'They were pushing on her chest for about 10 minutes trying to stop the bleeding. There were a lot of people so they put up two red blankets either side to shield her.
Gloria Richards, whose flat overlooks the shop, said: 'It's madness. It could have been my granddaughter. I do hope they catch them.
'I looked over my balcony last night and saw police, forensics, ambulances, everything. They had red screens up so you couldn't see. The police were in the shop all night.'
Mareh Silva, 34, was coming out of the convenience store with friends at around 9pm and said she saw three black youths aged between 14 and 17 drop their bikes outside.
She said the boys' faces were covered with black scarves and balaclavas and she could only see their eyes as they ran into the shop.
'I looked in and saw a lot of blood on the floor but I didn't want to look at what had happened and I was very scared,' she said.
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Boughton said: 'This is a terrible incident where an innocent child has been seriously injured.
'We want to hear from the local community, who might have seen these youths cycling around the estate between 9pm and 10pm
'I appeal to those who have information or were involved in this shooting to come forward and assist us with this investigation.
'These criminals have seriously injured two innocent bystanders and must face the consequences of their actions.'
Peter Robbins, one of three Lambeth councillors who represent the area, said local people were numbed by the incident.
'It is incredibly shocking, I think the whole community at the moment is numb and horrified, and rightly so,' he said.
'There is a fairly well-known problem with gangs and guns in Lambeth, it is something that the council and the police are working together incredibly hard to solve.
Barny Stutter, 45, co-owner of nearby Brixton Cycles, said shopkeepers belonged to 'a very tight community'.
'We had to go through the police tape to get in,' he said. 'We are absolutely disgusted with what's happened. The truth is the gunman's probably about 15 with a mentality of about five.
'I am sure they will be caught but it is disgusting. This area has recovered from a bad reputation built up in the media but we love to live and work in the community.'
Mr Stutter said workers in the area's fast food shops were regularly hassled by yobs.
Witnesses or anyone with any information is being urged to call police on 0300 123 1212 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.