London Fields Shooting – Man Arrested

Victim is transported into Air Ambulance

Police investigating the shooting in London Fields Park on Saturday 22 May, have arrested a 19 year old man.

The man was arrested in Hackney yesterday evening May 26, taken into custody for questioning and has since been bailed, to return in June pending further enquiries.

The shooting took place outside the park around 3.30 pm Saturday.  It’s believed two groups were firing at each other when a stray bullet entered the park and hit a 27 year old man in the stomach.

He was taken by Air Ambulance to an East London hospital where he remains in serious but stable condition.  Police have also confirmed that he was an innocent bystander enjoying the warm weather and events at the park.

DS Steve Desmond from Trident said: “We need to hear from witnesses who may have seen people armed with weapons”.
Chief Superintendent Steve Bending, Hackney’s Borough Commander, said: “London Fields was packed with thousands of people on Saturday afternoon, many attending a festival and many more simply out with family and friends to enjoy the weather.

“It would appear that there was a disturbance between two groups of youths and then two shots were fired, resulting in an entirely innocent member of the public being shot.

“This was a callous, reckless and brazen act, without any thought by those responsible, for the fact that they were in the vicinity of a crowded park. This was quite simply, appalling.

“I know there were many witnesses to this incident and I would ask that if you witnessed the actual incident, or the events beforehand or have still or video footage that would assist, that you contact the investigation team via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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