A teenager is in a critical condition after he was shot in the head during a mid-afternoon fight in north London. The 18-year-old was shot just before 3.30pm on Tuesday in Wightman Road, near Turnpike Lane in north London. Paramedics and an air ambulance crew treated him at the scene before he was taken to hospital.

One witness, a 24-year-old woman, told the Evening Standard: “I saw his friend crying and being comforted by police. The atmosphere was awful. People at the scene said there was a big fight for minutes before police arrived. There are normally people hanging around there but never normally in a threatening way.”

A London ambulance service spokesperson said paramedics were called at 3.35pm.

“We sent an ambulance crew, a single responder in a car, an incident response officer and a hazardous area response team to the scene alongside London’s air ambulance. The first of our medics arrived at the scene in under five minutes. We treated a man at the scene and took him as a priority to a hospital in central London.”

Detectives from the Metropolitan police’s Trident and area crime command, which deals with gang-related crime and all non-fatal shootings, are investigating. There have been no arrests.