The Metropolitan Police have launched a murder investigation after a teenager was shot dead in East London on Friday night. A man, in his 20s, was also found nearby with a gunshot injury shortly afterwards.
Police were called to Roebourne Way in North Woolwich at around 22:44 on Friday (7 April), after receiving local reports of gun shots. A young person, described as being in their mid-teens, was found injured at the scene.
Police confirmed that the incident was attended by local officers as well as firearms officers and the London Ambulance Service. However, the teenager had suffered a gunshot injury and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A man in his 20s was found less than half a mile away in Claremont Close shortly afterwards, also with a gunshot wound. Police said he was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and remains in a stable condition. Police could not confirm whether or not the shootings were linked and no arrests had been made as of Saturday afternoon.
A witness told the Evening Standard: "I went to the area to get some Chinese. Whilst I was there I heard a couple of shots, sudden bangs.
"Suddenly there was a tonne of police cars and squad cars in the area, lots of blue lights. Spoke to my former neighbour, she said she heard the same thing as me... sounded like gun shots."
Social media also expressed their horror at events on Friday night. One tweeted: "Madness happening in north Woolwich."
Another tweeted: "There has been a shooting in E16? East London is moving mental. North Woolwich is such a calm area usually." In March, three people were shot dead in the space of 24 hours in the capital, two of which were in East London.
The victim has yet to be formally identified, and his next-of-kin are being informed. Police said a post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.
The Met are now appealing for witnessesand have opened an incident room under Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Piscopo of the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command. Anyone with any information about the shooting should contact the Incident Room on 020 345 3715 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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