London Fields Gun Battle – Man Shot During Festival

UPDATE: 4.13 PM SUNDAY 23
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

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