London Fields Gun Battle – Man Shot During Festival

Police have confirmed the man shot, is in stable condition. His injuries are no longer life threatening.

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.

Photo: Orla De Burca

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.”

Air Ambulance arriving

34 Responses to "London Fields Gun Battle – Man Shot During Festival"

  1. I find it crazy that in all the articles regarding this incident the mayor of hackney’s primary concern is not for the young man who might actually die but making sure that everyone had a fun day anyway…. crazy.

    good thing his life threatening injuries wern’t too much of an inconvenience to everyone… so sad.

    Comment by kb on 23/05/2010 at 12:08 pm

  2. What could actually be worse Jules Pipe than someone being shot during a festival?

    Comment by EB on 23/05/2010 at 1:15 pm

  3. I am particularly concerned by our Mayor’s response that, rather than addressing a very serious issue that affects us all – virulent gangs and their related crime, which is seemingly endemic in this borough – he (or his press office) goes so far as to gloss over the situation.
    What I want is to be reassured that something is being done by the authorities about this – to stop the causes before they reach this stage. I love Hackney and hate that it is forever associated with gangs and murder. Residents who feel affection for this borough will continue to wear their ‘I love Hackney’ t-shirts but I may sport a ‘I did not vote for Jules’ t-shirt.

    Comment by Concerned Hackney Resident on 23/05/2010 at 1:38 pm

  4. I was there yesterday and all I saw was the Helicopter circling – It wasn’t complete utter chaos as sum media outlets would have u believe.

    In fact for an area of Hackney so Notorious for Gang Violence – it was nice to actually be walking down the street and be greeted by said ‘Gang members’

    The sun tends to bring out the best in people til it reaches boiling point – more needs to be done to include these types as they are part of society.

    Comment by Not Surprised on 23/05/2010 at 2:51 pm

  5. Jules Pipe also said it happened “some distance away from the event”. So that’s alright, then is it? Actually, it was a very short distance away indeed. Where did “the event” end? There seems to be some imaginary boundary in Jules Pipe’s head, not apparent to the rest of us, inside which he can say “it’s nothing to do with us”.

    I agree with Not Surprised when he says “it was nice to actually be walking down the street and be greeted by said ‘Gang members’ ”


    “more needs to be done to include these types as they are part of society.”

    Things are not going to get better otherwise.

    Comment by Jim on 23/05/2010 at 5:28 pm

  6. Hello,
    As someone who attended the event, and voted Jules Pipe, I found his comments idiotic. He reminds me of the Mayor in Jaws – the beach is safe, despite the fact there has been several shark attacks!

    Something must be done about this gun problem, this should be Pipe’s priority, not some pointless event to get people exercising in parks again. Who wants to exercise in a park where people get shot at anyway?

    Comment by Rhys Thomas on 23/05/2010 at 6:12 pm

  7. As a witness who was literally meters away from the injured man, my friends and I did not continue to enjoy the event as we were too shocked and scared to even stay in the park, since this could have been any of us or it could have turned out much more serious.
    It is very sad that all it takes is to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Comment by AL on 23/05/2010 at 7:46 pm

  8. I couldn’t agree more with above comments Jules Pipe comes over exactly like the mayor in jaws. It was a nice festival and people did carry on enjoying themselves because they had no idea what had happened. His response just assumes blithely that this type of incident is just an unfortunate part of hackney life rather than something that needs urgent attention. How many more people will get caught in the crossfire before there is a sense of urgency about this?. Would he be so dismissive if it was one of the many children that use the park on a daily basis that had been shot?

    Comment by Dawn on 23/05/2010 at 8:08 pm

  9. How can make sure that something is done about this.? The focus has been taken away from what happened to that innocent guy. This is scary.

    Comment by Ben&Jules on 23/05/2010 at 8:36 pm

  10. Like AL I was also merely metres from the man who was shot, I am disgusted by the comments by the Mayor of Hackney. It was not a ‘worrying incident’. An innocent bystander was shot in a packed park where families and groups of friends were enjoying a fun atmosphere; after the shooting I think I can safely say that very few people felt safe or particularly enjoyed the rest of their day or indeed weekend. To gloss over it in such a way shows a complete lack of understanding of the shock and fear that I and my friends and I would assume most people there felt. It also diminishes what must be an extremely traumatic event for the man and his friend.

    Comment by Tee on 23/05/2010 at 10:42 pm

  11. This all seems very strange everyone here has slightly missed the point as one of the volenteer sports helpers i am very saddened that a festivial cannot run without the fringe violence that surrounds us I am glad that the person shot is in a stable and i wish him a speedy recovery, i am glad that the sporting activities continued part of what we are trying to do is give children different options in life. I personally feel that we need to be doing more sporting events so we draw more youngsters in, we need to be doing this at primary school level so we breed the problem out of society by having a better offer to the youngers of the gangs. It is rife the gang problem and it is all our problem. Its true the mayor the council’s sports department and the education Authority could be doing more it was a wonderful day with lots of youngsters enjoying themselves along with thier families , it is a pity this was mared by the minority of gang violence and i am thankful loads of innocent bystanders were not hurt. What i will ask everyone reading this is what are you going to do about this problem because if you believe it is not your problem you will find your children at secondary schools with these gangs and it is not just a hackney thing !

    Comment by Tony on 23/05/2010 at 10:51 pm

  12. These kids in gangs just think it’s one big joke shooting each other and bystanders.I was there and saw them running off .I wonder about some of the parents involved who turn a blind eye. It also shows the joys of condensed overcrowding of houses and flats causes. You would think A Mayor would choose his words more wisely.I just hope this poor man who was shot recovers.There will always be these gangs around here, just lock them up if caught.

    Comment by Will on 23/05/2010 at 10:58 pm

  13. I was also metres away from the poor man who got shot and can also, like many here, not believe Pipe’s comment. Although I do believe his event was excellent, and is exactly what the kids of Hackney need in order to stay away from gangs, dismissing a shooting that happened right amongst hundreds of innocent people is nothing short of shocking. I hope he withdraws his statement and come up with one that is more constructive.

    Comment by Peter on 23/05/2010 at 11:38 pm

  14. Completely agree with everyone here that the focus has been taken away from the innocent man caught in the cross fire. I was there yesterday, sat near where the man was shot when it happened. Straight after the shots some kids ran past me (don’t know if it was the gang that were shot at or the gang that did it) laughing and swearing. I felt really helpless.

    I hope the mayor will review what he said and try to do something to tackle the situation instead of, like Dawn says, ‘assuming blithley that this type if incident is just an unfortunate part of Hackney life rather than something that needs urgent attention’.

    I am so glad that the man who was shot is now in a stable condition and my heart goes out to all of his friends and family.

    Comment by L on 24/05/2010 at 12:07 am

  15. I was 10 meters away from the poor man who got shot. there were five young black guys talking at the potable loo’s which were 6meters behind me and my friends. then we heard the shots which went straight over our heads at hip height and into the mans back who was cooking ribs on a barbaque. if any of my mates or any one else including kids and the elderly were to have moved or shifted up from where they were sitting it could have gone into any of us.
    right after the shot the five thugs split and ran through the crowds. looting peoples drinks on the way. they were wearing little neckerchiefs pulled up on their faces. without a doubt someone seen the boy that lifted the gun. i just hope they have the balls to come forward. in my opinion it was a gang challenge to a potential member joining the gang. they usually ask you to prove your tough enough. and those people in the park were such an easy target. one of my friends seen the gunman in the shop at the edge of the park and then at the toilets. maybe he will be on the shop security camera.!! i also cant believe the tripe that came out of the stupid mayors mouth. god who are we working with ???

    Comment by G on 24/05/2010 at 12:29 am

  16. I hope all those who have commented here about what they witnessed, have contacted the police. G & L, sounds like you two may have witnessed something. No matter how insignificant you feel the information might be, I’m sure the police will want to hear from you.

    The numbers to call are : 0300 123 1212 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

    Shame about it, as I drove by the park just after noon on Saturday. You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day, after what seems like an eternity of crappy weather we’ve had to endure.

    Good to hear about the mans progress and hope he doesn’t suffer permanent life altering injuries.

    Comment by Hackney Hive on 24/05/2010 at 3:37 am

  17. Does anyone have the Mayors number, I am absolutly disgusted by his comment. I think there should be uproar.

    Comment by Rich on 24/05/2010 at 9:44 am

  18. Jules Pipe, you should be ashamed of yourself, you just carry on in imagination land where its safe.
    I live on the corner of Lansdowne Drive, every day I walk to school with my 3 yeard old daughter, every day the same gangs of kids are on the benches by the zebra crossing, they have been for years, and they have been carrying on in this manner for years, shooting, stabbing, mugging letting theyre dogs harass and generally just making people who use the park feel uneasy.
    The police, I dont have access to the kind of resources you do, and I can pick them out in a crowd, so why cant you? how come you have to shut the road all night to just be inconclusive? They are all as guilty as each other, you know where they live and who they are, they think its a laugh, but then again, just because there was a ‘little incident’ its no real cause for concern is it? Stop sitting in your bmw’s covered in bagel crumbs and fag ash and do something about it, not just putting up tape and looking busy.
    I wish the innocent victim a speedy recovery, and hope that the authorities come down on the LFB like a ton of bricks, because if they dont, then god help us.

    Comment by freeman on 24/05/2010 at 9:47 am

  19. Firstly I hope the man concerned recovers speedily and his friends recover too. Secondly, I don’t think it happened at the corner of Shrubland Road and Forest Road as those 2 roads don’t intersect. And finally as any us who live around London Fields know, there has been an escalation in criminal-gang tension and violence over recent weeks. I have heard about other shootings and stabbings of young men by young men that don’t or barely make the news, and in increase in street dealing – though possibly it has just been displaced from other areas towards where I am living. I know one estate on my road that is suddenly having problems with street dealing who have asked the council to cut down the bushes that the dealers are using to stash stuff in. Several weeks alter – no response. I had hoped that the police, Hackney Homes and other agencies could work together to reduce these problems.

    Comment by M on 24/05/2010 at 9:55 am

  20. I just spoke to someone at the council’s press office who said Mayor Pipe was responding to a specific question, asked by a journalist. It was before a full picture had emerged and he will be making another statement soon.

    Coincidentally I also spoke to Agnes Sina Inakou’s mother on Saturday afternoon. She was not aware of the shooting until I told her. I hope to be meeting with her at some point this week.

    Comment by Hackney Hive on 24/05/2010 at 12:40 pm

  21. These gang moody jokers stick out like a sore thumb!
    Why don’t the Police get on their case more?. monitor em?
    Getting out of hand. I live near and have had a few run in’s with the little brain dead idiots. – I just got away from getting a hiding in January
    I got ambushed on my Bike – rode through em, terrified…..
    London is getting very tense…..

    Comment by steveo on 24/05/2010 at 12:43 pm

  22. I’ve emailed the mayor to express my disgust, anyone wanting to do the same it’s There was a protest/march going up Stamford Hill on Sunday against gang killings, a police escort was provided; shame more people weren’t aware of it as it’s something we’re all concerned about.

    Comment by FB on 24/05/2010 at 1:07 pm

  23. Something really does have to be done. We were about 20m away from all of this. It was awful. Everyone knows who those kids are, they are there every day on the bench in the park by the porta loos or outside the shop on the corner. I didn’t see the gunman but I saw a kid in the shop on the corner earlier that was part of the gang that ran through the crowd.
    People should’t have to live in fear of stray bullets. I think that the nature of the shooting really highlighted to problem as so many people witnessed it. You hear about this sort of thing happening all the time but when it happens on a day like Sat when the park was packed the plight is highlighted more. What the mayor said was stupid, I guess he thought the whole “stiff upper lip” thing might be good for moral. The main issue here is not some daft comment, it is gangs with guns shooting a poor innocent guy. This crime was horrendous and it could have been much worse. I am amazed that only one person was shot. Did anyone hear a bang a bit earlier too? About 3 pm? I thought it was a firework. I think that people will be much more wary now.

    Comment by JR on 24/05/2010 at 2:02 pm

  24. Why is anyone surprised? It’s London’s rich “diversity” innit.

    Comment by Peter on 24/05/2010 at 2:09 pm

  25. I agree with several of the other comments:

    – It is really out of hand now, the police and mayor need to come out of denial about this and put some funding towards a solution

    – The mayor should issue a formal apology regarding his comment. What is he trying to do – protect the price of his property by pretending we don’t have a problem?

    – The police should issue a statement on what it plans to do to make the community safer.

    – The same group of people has been selling drugs and possessing guns for about 10 years now, a boy was shot and killed in the same area several years ago.

    – With so many witnesses why can’t the police come up with an arrest?

    – Why is all of this never reported in the media? Are they waiting for a six-year old school child to die? A baby? Or just someone wealthy?

    Comment by Betty on 24/05/2010 at 7:27 pm

  26. Vote Labour and this is the result. All Labour voters share the blame for the idiot Pipes comments and the state this country is in

    Comment by H. Eyot on 24/05/2010 at 8:59 pm

  27. Well, I was sat down two meters away from one of the gangs, and it was really surreal. We saw the other gang coming by bike, and we saw them running with the gun on. Of course no one could “enjoy the festival afterwards”, we were just too shocked, we lef the park. It is very disappointing that in all the articles I have read the fact that “people continued enjoying the festival” is being remarked, because that was actually NOT TRUE. It is very worrying… Lots of kids were in the park, and it could have been ANYONE. I really don’t know what it going on, but London does not feel that safe anymore.

    Comment by Ju on 25/05/2010 at 6:26 pm

  28. And, of course I am not making up what I saw and what I witnessed, I am keen on contact Hackney police or whoever. It is serious enough, in my opinion.

    Comment by Ju on 25/05/2010 at 6:28 pm

  29. Gave police my witness statement today – please please please, people saying they saw the gun man, or can pick out the kids by sight, call crimestoppers and give a statement. It’s so important that everyone does what they can to help!

    Comment by Zorba on 25/05/2010 at 11:53 pm

  30. Well done Zorba! Cheers!

    Comment by Hackney Hive on 25/05/2010 at 11:58 pm

  31. Tsh Not sure about telling the police. I tried to report someone riding up and down my street on a moped with a gun aimed. Only got an answerphone at Hackney police station and no one ever called me back. Nor when I tried to report street dealing outside my local betting shop to the local safer neighbourhood team by email. Think maybe it only works to report in person or if you sit on one of the local committees. Though maybe presence of media may make them a bit more interested.

    Comment by M on 26/05/2010 at 11:56 am

  32. To clarify; I only reported the street dealing by email after I had tried calling the police station and the operator kept putting me through to phones that no-one answered.

    Comment by M on 26/05/2010 at 11:58 am

  33. I keep reading about Jules Pipe and his comments. Is this man completely out of touch with the real world?

    I’ve been a resident in London Fields for the past five years and I have noticed it is getting worse.
    Surely a bigger police presence would make sense if all the authorities know that this area is a ‘border’ between two ‘gang’ areas.
    Anyway Mr Pipe, good luck with the hot dog sales at your next festival.
    Don’t worry about us, the people.

    Comment by James on 31/05/2010 at 8:07 pm

  34. Exactly who voted for this Moron Pipe at the last election.& a Memo to Hackney Labour Party.Next election put up another candidate for Gods sake.

    Comment by m.smithers on 07/06/2010 at 10:31 am

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