A teenager has been shot dead in an East London estate hours after another teenager was hospitalised after suffering from a hammer attack to the head.
Police were called to reports of a shooting in the Beaumont Road estate in Leyton at around 1.30am on Wednesday, September 1.
They later found a male, believed to be in his late teens, suffering from gunshot wounds on Beaumont Road.
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Despite the best efforts of officers and the London Ambulance Service, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 2.28am.
Residents reported that the estate was ‘locked down’ with nobody allowed to leave unless they need to get food or go to hospital.
Nicky Durkan, 39, who runs the local food bank told My London: “I was sleeping in my bed then was awoken by police at my door at 2am and the helicopter up above. There were around ten police officers in my back garden.
“The police said the suspect was in my garden and the police were asking if they could search it. I was terrified because my backdoor was open.”
The suspect managed to escape the garden before the police could find him.
Nicky said: “My friends told me there were around 60 people at this street party on the other square further up Beaumont Road last night.”
Police are investigating to see if the shooting is linked to another incident of extreme violence that happened in the area earlier that day.
A police spokesperson told My London: “Enquiries are ongoing to establish whether there’s any link between this [the hammer attack] and the fatal shooting.”
Police were called to Leyton High Road at 6pm to reports of a fight with one person swinging a hammer.
A teenager was rushed to hospital with head injuries. His current condition is unknown.
One witness, who had to get off the bus he was on, reported seeing the victim “bleeding on the ground”.
Waltham Forest Council tweeted: “We are supporting the @metpoliceuk as they investigate two serious incidents overnight in #Leyton . Extra patrols are in the area to provide reassurance for residents – if you have any questions or intelligence please do speak to them when you see them.
“A gold command group meeting between the council, the police, and local partners is taking place today. Our thoughts are with the friends & family of those affected at this difficult time.”
On the shooting, an anonymous resident told My London: “I heard four or five shots at around 1:30am.
“You can tell the difference, with fireworks you hear a fizz then a bang, this was just the noise.”
Holding up her hand in a gun shape she continued: “Bang, bang, bang.”
A police spokesperson asked anyone with information to contact them. They said: “Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 436/01Sep.
“To remain 100% anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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