A witness who works in a supermarket nearby the crime scene in north west London said the atmosphere after the stabbing resembled that of a ‘terrorist attack’
A 21-year-old man is fighting for his life and two boys aged 14 and 16 were injured in a knife attack that witnesses said saw “grown men running away”.
The victims were stabbed in Wealdstone High Street, north west London, at around 7pm last night.
Metropolitan Police officers and London Ambulance Service paramedics attended and found two boys, aged 14 and 16, with stab wounds.
They were rushed to a West London hospital where their injuries have been assessed as non life-threatening.
A short time later a third victim, a 21-year-old man, was then found outside Harrow and Wealdstone Station.
He had also been stabbed and remains in a life-threatening condition in a West London hospital.
Carole, 42, who works in a supermarket nearby the crime scene told MyLondon the atmosphere after the stabbing resembled that of a ‘terrorist attack’.
She said: “I thought it was a terrorist attack. Honestly. Never seen so many police in my whole life and there was just confusion. People running around the high street.
“I saw kids running like teenagers just shouting slang and stuff.
“Then even grown men were running.
“We were scared that someone was going to attack us.”
James, who works as a builder close to the crime scene, said: It makes me feel scared for my own kids. They live in London as well just round the corner, every day a new stabbing.
“Police don’t know what to do. Kids don’t know what to do and parents don’t. You can’t just keep your kids locked up inside all day but obviously every parent worries when this is all we see every day.”
A police statement said: “Police were called to Wealdstone High Street at 19:01hrs on Tuesday, 30 November following reports of a stabbing.
“Officers attended with London Ambulance Service paramedics and found two males, aged 14 and 16, with stab wounds.
“They have been taken to a west London hospital and their injuries have been assessed as non-life threatening.
“A third victim, a 21-year-old man, was found outside Harrow and Wealdstone Station a short time later.
“He had also been stabbed and has been taken to a west London hospital where he remains in a life threatening condition.
“A significant crime scene is in place around Wealdstone High Street and an investigation is under way.
“The public can expect to see a significant police presence in the area in the coming hours.”
Two boys, aged 14 and 16, have since been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and remain in police custody.
A Section 60 order, which provides officers with additional search powers to prevent further violence, has been authorised until 8am on Wednesday.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call 101 with the reference 6046/30NOV.
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.