Euston shooting: Priest describes aftermath of ‘drive-by’ outside church following memorial service

Father Jeremy Trood, of St Aloysius Church, Euston, said mourners left the church after the memorial service to release doves outside. He told Sky News he heard a loud shot before people started rushing back inside the building.

The memorial was held for Sara Sanchez (right) and her mother Fresia Calderon who died within a month of each other. Ms Sanchez died following a battle with leukaemia, while her mother Ms Calderon died suddenly from a rare blood clot on arrival at Heathrow from Colombia,

A priest has told Sky News of the scenes of “pandemonium” outside his church in London after mourners leaving a memorial service were shot at from a moving car.

Parish Priest Father Jeremy Trood had just finished a requiem mass for a mother and daughter at St Aloysius Church on Phoenix Road, near Euston station, when the drive-by shooting took place outside on Saturday afternoon.

Six people were injured in the incident, including a seven-year-old girl who remains in a stable but critical condition, and a 48-year-old woman who suffered potentially life-changing injuries.

Mr Trood said he heard the gunshot shortly after mourners left the church to release doves outside.

“I was inside the church and suddenly there was an enormous bang and people rushed back into the church screaming and saying shots had been fired,” he said.

“There are no words that can describe what had happened and I can’t imagine why anybody could possibly do such a thing. There were hundreds of people in the church coming out. It was pandemonium.”

Father Trood said some people took shelter in the church.

“They were very scared, people sheltered in the church until the police said they can leave, but some of them were so scared they had to wait a while to get their confidence back up to go outside,” he added.

As well as the seven-year-old girl and 48-year-old woman, three other women – aged 21, 41 and 54 – and a 12-year-old girl were also injured in the attack.

The 12-year-old suffered leg injuries but has since been discharged from hospital, police have said. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Superintendent Jack Rowlands, from the Metropolitan Police, said the force believes the suspect fired a shotgun from a Toyota C-HR at about 1.30pm before driving away from the scene.

Officers are searching for a 2019 model black Toyota C-HR, he added.


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1 Response to Euston shooting: Priest describes aftermath of ‘drive-by’ outside church following memorial service

  1. kathleen says:

    Now why does this vicious, senseless attack on innocent Catholics attending a memorial service lead me to suspect Islamic terrorists may be the culprits? Could it be because violence is such a typical hallmark of members of the “religion of peace”?
    The secular mainstream media seldom reports on the daily murders, tortures, kidnapping, imprisonment, etcetera of Christians and the burning and ransacking of their churches by Mohammedans taking place all over the world, especially in Africa and some parts of Asia. And even in France, where there is a huge Islamic population, the destruction and burning of beautiful Catholic churches is a widespread occurrence. The perpetrators of these vile crimes are hardly ever captured.


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