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Subject arrested for shooting in London and possible link to Colombian drug traffickers

A man was arrested for alleged attempted murder, police reported Monday without specifying his identity or nationality, after a shooting outside a church in London possibly linked to networks drug trafficking Colombians according to the British press.

The shooting occurred on Saturday afternoon at the gates of St Aloysius Catholic Church, in the central Euston neighborhood, at the end of a mass in memory of Sara Sánchez, 20, who died of leukemia in November and her mother. , Fresia Calderonwho died a few days later of a thrombosis upon arriving at London’s Heathrow airport from Colombia.

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The shots were fired from a moving vehicle as attendees were leaving the religious service, police said.

Four women and two girls, ages 12 and 7, were injured. The latter remained hospitalized on Monday in serious but stable condition.

The 22-year-old man, about whom no further details were given, was arrested on Sunday and remained in custody, police said Monday, without specifying the nationality of the suspect or the victims.

Contacted by AFP, the Colombian embassy did not react for the moment.

For its part, the British newspaper Daily Telegraph reported that Calderón’s late ex-husband, Carlos Arturo Sanchez Coronadowas jailed in the UK in 2009 after being convicted of money laundering for a London drug gang linked to the Colombian Cali cartel.

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During the raids, police seized millions of pounds in cash and drugs worth 100 million pounds ($122 million).

Sánchez Coronado fled to Colombia, but was located and extradited to the United Kingdom, according to the newspaper.

Three of the injured women, ages 41, 48 and 54, remained hospitalized Monday for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Source: Elcomercio

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