Gun shots rang out this afternoon in London Fields in what appears to be a gun battle, resulting in a innocent man enjoying a day out being shot.
The man described as 27 yrs-old is said to have gun shot wounds to the stomach, which appear to be “potentially life-threatening”. The shooting took place at about 3:30pm today, 22 May, while people were enjoying a mini festival organized by Hackney Council, to showcase summer events to come in Hackney’s Parks from May-September.
A witness, Guardian Journalist Paul Lewis, who was at London Fields, left a message on Twitter, describing the Chaos, which included armed police, air ambulance arrival and people ducking to the ground for cover. It is thought there was a battle between two groups, resulting in an innocent attender being shot. Paul Lewis spoke to witnesses, who said they saw a man bleeding from his side and saw the blood covered hands of the mans friend, who had tried to stem the bleeding.
Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe, has since issued a statement saying: “Despite this very worrying incident, hundreds of people were able to enjoy the event in London Fields safely and without interruption.”