The disturbing extent of gun crime in London was revealed today, as new figures showed criminals have fired a weapon on nearly 1,400 occasions in the capital during the past three and a half years.

The Met Police statistics show 29 people died as a result of the shootings, and 760 sustained injuries ranging from “minor” damage to potentially life-changing wounds. The firing peaked in 2011 — the year of the London riots — when 532 shots were fired by offenders, killing 12 people and injuring 302 more.

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