Police release more information on teen shot in Clapton

It appears a spat between rival gangs in Hackney,  lead to a 19 year old man being shot several times on Powell Road in Clapton last Saturday 31st July.

Police have revealed the young man was attacked during a a planned ambush as he made his way home.  They also feel he may have been under surveillance by his attackers in an effort to study his routine .

The victim is in a stable condition in hospital.

Because of the nature of the crime, Hackneys Police Commander has addressed fears residents may have about reprisals by Chief Superintendent Steve Bending said: “Gun crime in Hackney has fallen by over 34 per cent this financial year, but incidents such as this one are of great concern.

“We are working closely with our colleagues in Operation Trident to investigate this incident and reassure local residents.

“In the last month we have arrested 175 people in an ongoing operation tackling gang-related violence, but incidents like this show that there are individuals out there intent on causing harm in our community.

“We cannot address this problem alone – and are working with our partners, schools, colleges, and youth groups to deter young people from carrying weapons.

“Officers are engaged in proactive and targeted operations to take guns and knives off the streets of Hackney, arrest offenders and engage with the communities they serve.”

Operation Trident is the Metropolitan Police’s unit tackling gun crime in London.

Anyone with information on the shooting can call police in confidence on 020 8217 7366 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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