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Essex Road shooting: “Bullets were flying everywhere”

Suspect fled on foot before getting into a vehicle

21 September, 2018 — By Emily Finch

A bullet hit a shop at the junction with Greenman Street

WITNESSES have described hearing around five gun shots ring out in Essex Road last night as a manhunt is underway to find the suspect.

Police officers were called to reports of gunshots in Essex Road, near the junction with Greenman Street, at 9.30pm on Thursday.

Two people were injured by shattered glass with one woman taken to hospital for treatment to a hand injury. Another man was treated at the scene by paramedics.

One man, who lives in Essex Road and witnessed the shooting, said the bullets hit a black cab, a bus and a shop window.

He said: “I popped out to the shops and as I  went down the road I heard five gun shots. The bullets were flying everywhere and hit a shop that I just walked past. No one got hit.

 

Police remain at the scene in Essex Road this morning

“I was stunned. I  didn’t know where the shots came from. I tried to ascertain where it was coming from so I could get the hell out of there.”

“Then there was an absolutely huge amount of police present with  armed response who were there running around.”

Police believe the suspect fled on foot before getting into a vehicle.

There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

The shooting follows a week of violence in Islington where a 25-year-old man was stabbed to death in Tufnell Park on Tuesday.

Islington police authorised a Section 60 in the N1 area until lunchtime today following the shooting which allows them to search people without “reasonable suspicion”.

The emergency powers – used sparingly to try to prevent further violence – have been in place in parts of Islington for four of the past six nights.

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