Police say two women were injured in south London when a suspect dropped a firearm.

Police officers were in pursuit of two individuals on a moped in Clapham when a firearm accidentally went off. According to the Metropolitan police, two women were wounded by shotgun pellets after a suspect dropped the weapon during the chase. The incident occurred in Clapham, south London, at 4:55 pm on Friday when the moped, which they failed to stop, collided with a 27-year-old pedestrian. The suspects, one of whom was armed with a shotgun, fled on foot and inadvertently discharged the firearm as they ran. Consequently, two women, aged 27 and 36, were hit by shotgun pellets, although the police stated that these women were not the intended targets. All three injured parties have been released from the hospital. DCI Gemma Alger emphasized the determination to apprehend the culprits and urged anyone with relevant information to come forward. The authorities are currently conducting forensic searches in St Alphonsus Road where the suspects escaped through gardens. The recovered shotgun is also undergoing forensic analysis. Additionally, Alger solicited for CCTV and dashcam footage from potential witnesses. The Metropolitan Police’s professional standards office is investigating the incident, and the Independent Office for Police Conduct has been notified. Individuals with information can contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555 111.

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