Horror shooting leaves girl, 9, fighting for her life and three in hospital

A nine-year-old girl is fighting for her life in hospital after a horror drive-by shooting near a restaurant where three men were also injured.

The child, who was inside the restaurant having dinner with her family, is in critical condition, Chief Superintendent James Conway said during a media briefing near the scene on May 30.

The three men, aged 26, 37 and 42, who were sitting outside the restaurant, were taken to hospital for treatment where their conditions are stable, although one potentially faces life-changing injuries.

The four victims were taken to an east London hospital with “gunshot injuries” after emergency services were called to the scene at around 9.20pm on Wednesday with specialist firearms officers attending, reports the Mirror.

DCS Conway said: "It saddens me deeply to say that at 9.20 last night, on Kingsland High Street in Hackney, three men and a nine-year-old girl were shot when a firearm was discharged from a motorbike.

"I know that local people will be extremely concerned by this incident. We share that concern and an urgent investigation has been launched to identify and apprehend those responsible.

"Three men, aged 26, 37 and 42, who were sitting outside a restaurant, were taken to hospital for treatment for gunshot wounds. Their conditions are stable, but one potentially faces life-changing injuries.

"A nine-year-old girl, who was inside the restaurant having dinner with her family, suffered a gunshot wound and she remains in hospital in a critical condition. Our thoughts are with her and her family and they are being supported by specialist officers."

They continued: "We do not believe that the girl and the men injured were known to each other. As with any child, she was an innocent victim of the indiscriminate nature of gun crime.

"Police arrived at the scene within minutes of the crime being reported. Two crime scenes remain in place - at Kingsland High Street and at Colverstone Crescent, where we recovered a motorbike that we believe was used in the shooting and which we now know to have been stolen."

Blood stains visible on the floor at the scene of a shooting at Kingsland High Street, Hackney, east London, where three adults and a child have been injured.
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Police have not so far made any arrests with the investigation at an early stage and appeal has been made to the public for information.

They said: "The investigation is now being led by our Specialist Crime colleagues, and we are supporting them with specialist local officers, as they conduct fast-time enquiries to identify and apprehend those responsible and to establish the motive behind the shooting. The investigation is at an early stage and we are keeping an open mind as to the motive," continued DCS Conway.

"We are keen to identify other witnesses who were in the area around the scene at the time of the shooting. Similarly, if you were in the Kingsland High Street area at the time of the shooting and have information or footage from a phone or other device, please share that with us.

"This is a fast-moving, complex investigation, and we will be working closely with our Specialist Crime colleagues to establish the full facts in the coming days.

"Locally, people can expect to see a significant police presence in this area, including armed officers, to provide reassurance and support. We will also continue our unrelenting focus on suppressing violence, gun crime, and the offenders who endanger our communities.

"Events such as these are rarely spontaneous. Someone knows who is responsible for this shooting that has left a little girl fighting for her life."

Eyewitnesses claim that they saw a motorbike turn up and fire bullets in the direction of diners before heading off with one person saying that the restaurant was “busier than normal”.

He told the Hackney Gazette: “There was a big group having dinner in the rear. I couldn't get my usual table so got one close to the front window. The big group paid up and left and shortly afterwards that's when the loud bangs - which were obviously gunshots - happened.”

The witness then said he saw injured people and he used his coat to stop the bleeding of one leg wound. “I'd say it was around 10 to 15 minutes when the emergency services arrived. Police first, then NHS staff. They were very efficient,” he added.

Kingsland Road remains completely shut with three empty red double-decker buses stopped at the police cordon just 30 yards away from the site of the shooting at the Evin restaurant.

Outside the DNA cafe bar Michael Warren, 37, said: “Everyone is really shocked at what happened. I live round the corner but didn’t hear any of the shootings.

"But I heard the sirens last night and when I came round there were already a lot of police here. It’s a very busy road but this happening here is unbelievable.”

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