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Reward offered for information in 2017 shooting

News   •   Feb 21, 2019 14:30 GMT

Detectives investigating an attempted murder in 2017 are offering a £10,000 reward to anyone who can provide information that leads to a conviction. 

Police were called to Terrace Road, Plaistow at 20:38hrs on Friday, 29 December 2017 to reports of a shooting.

Police, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended.

Witnesses at the scene described shots having been fired into a fast food outlet injuring two 16-year-old boys.

One suffered a gunshot injury to the back while the other teenager received a gunshot wound to the leg.

Both were taken by London Ambulance Service (LAS) to an east London hospital where their injuries were not life threatening.

The suspect wore a mask and Puma branded tracksuit bottoms and it is believed a shotgun was used in the offence.

Officers from the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command continue to investigate and are offering the £10,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

The reward expires on 30 January, 2020.

Detective Constable David Sherwood, who is leading the investigation, said: “Although this attack happened in 2017, we know that someone out there will have information about this shooting which could have killed two young people.

“Although there were not graver consequences on this occasion, the fact remains that a firearm was discharged and seriously injured two teenagers.

“We are still to determine the circumstances which led to the boys being injured.

“At this time we believe that the victims, who have no links to gangs or criminality in any way, were mistakenly identified as gang members.

“The motive remains unclear.

“I am urging anyone who might be sitting on information that could help us solve this case to get in touch straight away.

“Even if you have the smallest detail which you think could help, call it in and let us judge whether it is relevant. Remember, you can do this 100% anonymously via Crimestoppers if you don’t want to give your name to police.”

Two 15-year-old boys were arrested on 17 May 2018 in relation to this incident.

One was released under investigation in June, while the other will face no further action based on the evidence currently available.

Anyone who has any information is asked to call officers at Trident Reactive on 020 8217 7382, quoting Operation Agnize.

To share information and remain 100% anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.