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Three men arrested in connection with shooting of woman in Hackney

News   •   Dec 21, 2020 17:00 GMT

Three people have been arrested in connection with a shooting in Hackney that left a woman paralysed.

On Saturday, 19 December two men -[B] aged 20 and [C] aged 28 - were both arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. They have since been released under investigation.

On Tuesday, 15 December, a 28-year-old man [A] was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and has also been released under investigation.

Police were called at 20:52hrs on Sunday, 22 November to Westgate Street, E8 following reports of a shooting.

Officers attended with colleagues from the London Ambulance Service (LAS) and found a 32-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot injury.

CPR was administered at the scene by officers prior to LAS arrival. She was then taken to an east London hospital. The victim remains hospitalised and has been left paralysed as a result of her injuries.

The victim and her family continue to be supported by a dedicated family liaison officer.

Detectives from Specialist Crime North (Trident) continue to investigate, led by Detective Inspector Matt Webb.

He said: “Over the course of this investigation we have spoken to a number of people and been contacted by local residents who have been disgusted by this horrific incident and have wanted to share with us what they know. I would like to thank those people, and reassure them that we continue to work 24/7 and will stop at nothing to find the person or persons who left this woman so seriously injured.

“While we have made three arrests we retain an open mind and would ask anyone who has not yet made contact with us to please get in touch.

“As we have previously said, we believe that approximately ten people were together in Broadway Market, E8 about ten minutes before this offence occurred. It appears the group were being filmed for the purposes of a music video, with professional looking camera equipment.

“It then appears that the group have become involved in an altercation with another group of people who arrived at the scene – during this incident one of the groups produced and discharged a firearm - both groups then fled the scene.

“The victim was an innocent bystander and left seriously injured in the street. She was assisted by members of the public before police began first aid prior to the arrival of LAS.

“Police must work with communities to catch criminals and this incident is an example of how important that is right now. Someone knows who did this; I say to those people, please do not help violent criminals by remaining silent.”

If you witnessed the incident or have information about the filming of this video, or any other information, video, or images that could help us, please call our incident room number on 0207 230 9737 quoting either Op Halifaxa or CAD 6587/22NOV20.”

Alternatively call 101 or tweet @MetCC, or to remain 100% anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.