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A 14-year-old boy was fighting for life in hospital today after he was shot in broad daylight near a children’s playground.
The schoolboy, who had been sitting talking with friends, was hit in the head and a 17-year-old boy in the leg when a gunman opened fire with a shotgun from close range, witnesses said.
Doctors from a nearby GP surgery raced outside to help the victims after the shooting at just after 3pm yesterday in Forest Gate, east London.
The teenager was rushed to hospital by paramedics and remained in a critical condition today.
The 17-year-old who witnesses said had been shot in the leg was also being treated for potentially life-changing injuries.
A local shop worker said his friend had been sitting with the younger victim, close to a playground, in Moore Walk, when the gunman opened fire.
The attack took place less than a hundred yards from Forest Gate Community School,
The man, who did not want to be named, said: “They were just sitting there talking, and then this guy just came from behind and shot him.
“Fourteen-years-old, what can you do to get shot in the head with a shotgun?
“My friend is probably traumatised. We’re getting too much of it round here, there’s always something going on.”
There were extra police patrols and enhanced stop and search powers in place across Newham last night as the borough braced for a possible revenge attack.
Police said it had taken the action after a spate of shootings in the area.
A nearby resident said: “The shooting was outside the playground. I heard the noise from my house – pow, pow, it was twice. I looked outside my window and I couldn’t see anything, but then I heard people screaming and I went outside.
“The boy couldn’t talk, he was just laying down breathing hard. I didn’t want to look at him because I saw too much blood. They said he came up behind him and shot him.
“The other guy was talking, he had managed to run but got shot in his leg. They live here, they’re local. They’re always playing around here. They’re very young, they’re kids.”
Another resident said: “They just came out to murder someone. Everyone is saying it was a shotgun.”
A bloodied grey tracksuit and a black trainer lay on the floor as forensic officers scoured the cordoned off walkway following the double shooting.
The caretaker of Lord Lister Health Centre, which backs onto Moore Walk, described how medical staff at the surgery had rushed to the victims aid after hearing the shots.
Cobi Akosome, 53, said: “The doctors went out to try to help. I saw them after they were shot on the floor. The younger boy was breathing, the doctors were trying to give him oxygen.
“He was 14, and they shot him in the head. My god. Imagine being at home and hearing your son has been shot. It’s very sad.”
Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, in charge of policing Newham said: “Sadly today two young men have been shot on our streets, one of whom remains critically ill in hospital.
“We are only too well aware that this incident comes after a number of shootings and firearms discharges that are blighting our communities and seriously injuring our young men.
“I want the community of Newham to help us tackle this – if you have any information about people carrying or supplying firearms please let us know and we will take action.”
There have been no arrests.
Any witnesses or anyone with any information should call police on 101 or make contact via Twitter @MetCC. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
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