Detectives have released an image of a man they need to trace after a firearm was pointed at a cyclist in Hackney.
The victim flagged down officers outside Stoke Newington police station, shortly after the incident which took place at around 13:00hrs on Wednesday, 27 May.
The victim, and a witness - who later reported the incident - told officers that a man had pointed a gun at the cyclist between Dalston Kingsland Station and the Rio Cinema.
Police were told that as the victim was cycling northbound on Kingsland Road, E8, the suspect was standing on the pavement at the junction of Bradbury Street. As the cyclist became parallel to the suspect the man lifted and pointed what the victim believes to be a handgun at him.
Nothing was said by the suspect during the interaction. The victim cycled away northbound and was then able to flag down police officers.
Detective Constable James Readman, investigating, said: “This was a totally random incident and involved a completely innocent member of the public being targeted with a weapon in broad daylight.
“The victim was understandably terrified and fled the scene as quickly as possible, but we do have a good description of the suspect.
“We urgently need to trace the man in this CCTV image, as he may be key to our enquiries. We also want to speak to any other witnesses who may have seen the suspect in area between 13:00hrs and 13:09hrs, or thereabouts, in the area of the incident.
“The weapon was described as a small metallic looking pistol type gun, dark grey to black in colour.
“Luckily, nobody was physically injured but the psychological impact of such a shocking event cannot be underestimated.
“This is also of course the huge concern that a weapon remains in the possession of someone who clearly should not have it.”
The suspect has been described to officers as black, around 6ft in height and of broad build. He also had a black beard, which was greying. He was wearing dark clothing, with a jacket and dark trousers, which were tatty looking.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives on 101, quoting CAD 3850/27May. Or, to give information 100% anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.