Man, 20, dies after double shooting in ‘busy residential area’ of Newham

A man left fighting for his life after a shooting in a residential area in East London earlier this week has died of his injuries, police have confirmed.

The man, now named as 20-year-old Otas Sarkas, was found by emergency services on Raymond Road, in the Upton Park area of Newham, around 11pm on Wednesday.

He was suffering from gunshot wounds and was rushed to hospital in a critical condition. Sadly after a two day fight Otas died of his injuries at 2.27pm on Friday (August 20).

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His family are being supported by specialist police officers and a post-mortem is expected to take place soon.

A murder investigation has also been launched by police.

Another man, 18, found on Wednesday night just after Otas, was also suffering from gunshot wounds on a route 238 bus on Plashet Grove, Newham.

He was taken to hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Investigations are ongoing and a crime scene remains in place with no arrests made yet.

The local community has been “shaken” by the double shooting with some worrying about what their neighbours are mixed up in.

Sara Roberts, 29, lives close to the scene and is concerned about future violence in her neighbourhood.

The mum of three, frequently walks down Raymond Road with her kids on her way to Upton Park Tube station.

“It’s not nice to see this when you’re walking around with your kids – you can really feel how much this has shaken the local community,” she told MyLondon.

“Looking at that police tape I still can’t believe this has happened, it feels like something from a nightmare, not real life.

“I think it’s easy to think about guns as being a problem we don’t have to deal with in London – people talk about knife crime all the time but there are kids going round with guns shooting each other on the streets and it’s scary.”

Mohammed Hussain, 61, has lived in the local area for 40 years. He said hearing news of the double shooting was unbelievable.

“It is shocking, very shocking, that people carry guns in this area. I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard.

“There is always crime here, it gets worse too and makes you worry about your neighbours.

“I hope there is some justice to come from this,” he added.

DCI Linda Bradley, said: “Our heartfelt thoughts are with Otas’ family and friends at this time. We have been working tirelessly to try to understand the circumstances surrounding this incident and are today appealing for the public’s help with our investigation.

“The shooting happened in a busy residential area, and I am appealing for people to check their dashcams or private CCTV, specifically for any white Volvo SUV/4x4s – which we believe to have been involved – in the areas of Upton Park and Forest Gate between 10pm and 11pm on Wednesday.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting Operation Tielen or CAD 7763/18Aug. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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