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Police are investigating after two men were shot on an east London street in broad daylight on Monday afternoon.
One is fighting for his life in hospital and the other has “possible life-changing injuries”, police said.
Officers were called to Moore Walk, a small street near Forest Gate station, at 3.10pm following reports of a double shooting.
They found two men with “gunshot injuries” and both were rushed to hospital by London Ambulance Service.
A worker at a nearby shop told the Standard: “Five minutes after it happened we saw hundreds of police arriving.
“We didn’t know what was going on. It’s all a bit nuts.”
Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, in charge of policing Newham, said extra officers would be on duty in the borough on Monday evening out of concerns there may be retaliations to the incident.
He 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.
“Tonight there will be extra officers on duty throughout our borough, and due to my serious concerns that others may retaliate in response to today’s incident I will be authorising my officers to use stop and search throughout the borough under Section 60.
“Proactive work will continue with our borough teams and specialist units such as Trident Area and Crime Command to investigate and catch the people responsible for these offences. Violence has no place on our streets, and we have already made four arrests in connection with recent firearms offences.
“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 not been any arrests and enquiries are on-going.
Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call Newham Police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC.
To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
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