“Today there are families and loved ones struggling to come to terms with the loss of their children and best friends.
“We are concerned about the number of people being killed on our streets, and 2018 has shown the reality that more young people are prepared to turn to more serious violence more quickly.
The latest was a 20-year-old man who was attacked moments after leaving a bar in Wandsworth and died in the street.
It emerged at the weekend that London’s murder rate has risen above New York’s for the first time in modern history.
The Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating,” they added.
Gun-related crime also went up by a fifth year on year, to 6,694 recorded offences.
Ministers point to findings from a separate crime survey that show overall offending is going down over the long term.
Describing the scene in Tottenham, a woman who knew the 17-year-old victim said: “The car just pulled up and just started shooting.” A 21-year-old witness, who did not want to be named, said she heard the gunshots “like fireworks” from her house. Her mum didn’t deserve to watch her die.” Tottenham-raised rapper Wretch32, whose real name is Jermaine Scott Sinclair, was among those to pay tribute, tweeting: “Wish I knew what to say about what’s happening in my ends. Another neighbour, 43, said Tanesha had visited her house, and described her as “just a normal girl trying to enjoy life”. She spoke of regular violent incidents in the area, driven by gangs.
“I put her on her side and I was just rubbing her back, saying ‘everything’s going to be OK’. It’s ridiculous now.” She told of how Ms Melbourne’s mother arrived at the scene before paramedics, adding: “She was screaming. North London we’re better then this man smh RIP to the young angel who lost her life last night. I’m honestly lost for words.” A friend of the murdered girl said: “Tanesha was a very known, very lovable little girl in the community, she was not involved in any sort of problems with anyone. She was just an innocent child caught up in this stupid postcode war.” One neighbour, who did not want to be named, told how he rushed to help the victim when her friends raised the alarm. The mother, who also did not want to be named, said she had also heard the shots were fired from a car. “My kids are scared for me because I will protect my kids at any cost,” she added.
She was pronounced dead at 10.35pm, witnesses said.