The most appalling CCTV you’ll ever see: Moment girl, five, is gunned down and paralysed as she dances in shop

One minute the little girl is dancing in the aisle of her uncle’s shop. The next Thusha Kamaleswaran is lying sprawled on the shop’s floor, cut down by a gangster’s bullet. The five-year-old was left helpless and dying on the floor of the grocery shop after a .22 round pierced her chest.

Moments earlier she could be seen in her bright red coat and pink skirt playing cheerfully with her 12-year-old brother and three-year-old sister. The whole incident lasted just 50 seconds.

She was ready to go home after a long day in which her hard-working parents drove her across London to wish her uncle a happy birthday. Security cameras installed because of the constant threat of armed robbery captured the moment that would change her life for ever.

Senior barristers said the graphic footage contained some of the most heart-breaking evidence ever seen in a British courtroom.

Thusha’s mother Sharmila Kamaleswaran broke down in tears and was comforted by her husband as she saw it for the first time at the start of the Old Bailey trial.

But she bravely told police the footage should be released to reveal the full horror of the crime.

Today, three members of a notorious street gang face years behind bars for the attack.

Nathaniel Grant, 21, Kazeem Kolawole, 19, and Anthony McCalla, 20, were involved in a ‘tit-for-tat’ gang feud that was caught on CCTV when it exploded.

Roshan Selvakumar, 35, who lived upstairs and was buying groceries, was hit in the face by the second shot, but miraculously escaped serious injury – though he still has part of the bullet lodged in his skull.

The cameras show how an ordinary evening was transformed into a scene of horror as Thusha walks to the front of the shop to investigate some noises. A melee of adults can be seen as drug dealer Roshaun Bryan and a friend push past the family to escape the three gunmen outside as people shout ‘they’re coming’.

The first shot hits shopper Roshan Selvakumar in the face, leaving a fragment of bullet in his neck for life, as he tries to close the door of the shop. Seven seconds later, the second shot hits Thusha. The camera shows how she is left behind as everyone else runs for cover.

Police ballistics experts who recreated the scene believe she was standing directly in front of the gunman when the shot was fired.

Separate CCTV footage from a neighbouring store showed the gunman Nathaniel Grant stopped on his bicycle, steadying himself and calmly firing both shots. Police believe he tried to fire at least twice more, but the gun jammed or he ran out of bullets.

There is also CCTV footage of the gang gathering before the attack which shows another member Anthony McCalla making a shooting gesture at his girlfriend.

The single bullet that hit Thusha means she faces a lifetime of pain and round-the-clock care as her family battles to adapt to her terrible injuries. She effectively died twice after the shooting as her heart stopped beating and only survived thanks to the intervention of surgeons at the scene. But her spine was shattered, paralysing her from the chest down and leaving her facing further dangerous corrective surgery.

The attackers were members of the infamous Brixton-based GAS gang – short for Guns And Shanks – and were hunting youths from the rival ABM – or All ‘Bout Money – gang, based in neighbouring Stockwell. Grant and Kolawole claimed they had been wrongly identified and McCalla insisted he thought he was only taking part in a cannabis robbery.

But an Old Bailey jury convicted them of wounding their two victims with intent and the attempted murder of rival gang member Roshaun Bryan.

All verdicts were unanimous. The trio stood with their hands in their pockets, showing no emotion as the verdicts were announced.

Thusha’s mother, Sharmila, and her father, Jeyakumar Ghanasekaram, sat quietly watching from the well of court as the trio were convicted.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, her mother said she was still often reduced to tears when she thinks about her daughter’s fate and future.

‘It’s hard for all at home to see an innocent child hopping around like a rabbit, now paralysed,’ said prosecutor Michelle Nelson, reading a statement from Mrs Kamaleswaran on behalf of the family. ‘She was a playful child, always happy and smiling and was a good student at school.’

Grant hung his head in the dock while his co-defendants showed no emotion as the statement was read out.

Ms Nelson added: ‘What she says is that the impact of this incident remains unbearable to the family.

‘She cannot begin to explain the shock felt at the time of the shooting, that her children all were there in the shop, playing and dancing and within seconds of that Thusha was lying of the floor crying and saying she couldn’t feel her legs.

‘She describes being told by the paramedics that Thusha had suffered heart failure and that their concern immediately was that they didn’t know whether she would survive.

‘They were told subsequently that she died twice on the way to the hospital. It the days after the shooting, the family lived at the hospital, with inevitable consequences – unable to sleep properly or eat.

‘Her mother says she could hardly think. Seeing her lying on a hospital bed took their hearts away. She says she cannot think of a worse time in my life and describes how the family have had to pick up the pieces.’

Mrs Kamaleswaran said her daughter’s dreams of becoming a singer and dancer had been shattered.

The gang had test fired their weapon on a patch of ground near their home turf in Brixton before they set off on their mission to hunt down a rival gang member last March 29.

Grant and Kolawole sped through the streets on mountain bikes, while McCalla rode a women’s bike with no crossbar, which he abandoned after the shooting.

Olumayoura Adadegbuyi, a cashier in a neighbouring William Hill store, heard shouting in the Stockwell Road, south London, as the masked cyclists approached and took cover in the shop’s toilet.

Thusha was playing with her 12-year-old brother and three-year-old sister in the Stockwell Food and Wine stock room. Her mother had brought the children with her from their home in Hainault, east London, to pick up her husband, known as Sassi, who had been working on the till that evening.

It was around 9pm when Thusha and her siblings went to investigate noises and shouting on the shop floor, with Mrs Kamaleswaran following close behind. Just moments later she watched in horror as her little girl collapsed to the floor.

‘Due to the continued noise in order to protect my children I also ran into the shop,’ she said.

‘There I saw Thusha was about to fall down, as if her legs were giving up on her. I was able to get hold of her and stop her falling. Then Thusha asked me to pick her up. I tried but I couldn’t.’

Mrs Kamaleswaran wept in court as disturbing footage of the shooting was played to jurors for the first time.

In the clip, lasting less than a minute, Bryan can be seen running into the store with Christopher Munsaka. They take cover and throw bottles through the front door.

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