A mother-of-two died trying to protect her family when a teenager armed with a pistol allegedly tried to force his way into her home.

Lianne Gordon, 42, died after the shooting in Vine Close, Lower Clapton, last week (December 5).

Two others - 20-year-old Amani Adams-McGuire and a 16-year-old boy – were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds.

Amani was allegedly shot in the buttock and the teenager in the thigh. Both have since been discharged from hospital.

A 16-year-old boy was subsequently charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder.

During a hearing at the Old Bailey today (December 13), the court heard that the teenage defendant allegedly went to Vine Close on a bicycle.

He was wearing a balaclava and armed with a 9mm self-loading pistol, it is claimed.

After allegedly firing the gun at the two male victims he went on to try to force his way into Ms Gordon’s home, shoulder-barging and kicking the door.

Prosecutor Louise Oakley told the Old Bailey: “Lianne Gordon tried to ensure that door closed to keep her family safe.

“She was unable to do so and (the youth) continued to force his way into that property.

“He discharged that firearm and the bullet struck Lianne Gordon in the head.”

The gunman fled and police and paramedics arrived shortly before 6.30pm.

Police have said that the victims were not related but were believed to have known each other.

The alleged gunman has also been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply.

During his appearance at the preliminary hearing by videolink from Feltham young offenders institution, he spoke to confirm his identity.

Judge Angela Rafferty KC set a plea hearing for March 8 next year, with a provisional trial either in June or September.

The defendant, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was remanded into youth detention accommodation.

Reporting by PA.