Police hunt men who helped shot teenager

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Police are hunting two men who took a seriously injured teenager to hospital after he was shot in the chest. Medical staff called in officers after the 14-year-old was brought to Northwick Park Hospital, in north-west London.

Two unidentified men put the teenager in a minicab and accompanied him to hospital but disappeared before police arrived. The injured boy, who is black and lives in Wembley, is now in a "stable" condition at a central London hospital.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Trident unit, which investigates violence in the black community, believe the victim was attacked at lunchtime in Greenford, west London. Officers have been conducting house-to-house inquiries in the area and are waiting to speak to the victim.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We are very keen to speak to the two men who took the youth to hospital as they may have vital information." Mustafa Yoosuf, 26, who works at a nearby takeaway shop, heard youths arguing at the time of the shooting: "I heard screaming. It's surprising as the area is a quiet one."