BACK ON 15TH JULY, a 34 year old homeless man was attending a barbecue in Hackney. It was being held as a children’s birthday barbecue, but it went on into the evening. Just past midnight, four minutes into the next day, was having a dance – when someone came up from behind him and shot him.
Three shots were fired and the victim was wounded in the arm and legs. Despite his injuries, he was able to get out of the park and over to nearby homes, where he received emergency first aid and the emergency services were called. The victim was taken to hospital, where he remained for two weeks.
On 28th July, a 31 year old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He was later released and continues to be part of police investigations. Police are still hoping to solve the case and have now offered a £10,000 reward for any information leading to a conviction in the case and/or recovery of the firearm used in the shooting.
Detective Constable Shaun Pascal of the Metropolitan Police Trident and Area Crime Command said, “This was a deplorable shooting at a children’s barbecue, which left the victim with serious injuries. It is believed he will make a full recovery but the long-term effects will haunt him for many years to come. There are members of the public who attended the barbecue and may have witnessed this incident who could have a vital piece of information to help us piece together what happened. Any statements made to police will be treated in confidence. I would urge any witnesses with any information about this incident to contact us so we can bring those responsible for this crime to justice.”
•Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call Trident detectives on 020-8217 7382. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800-555 111, where you can give information anonymously.