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Shooting in Clapton - police appeal for witnesses

PUBLISHED: 09:15 06 September 2011 | UPDATED: 09:33 06 September 2011

(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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A 32-year-old man on his way to a stag do in Ibiza was shot in his shoulder just as he was about to get in an airport-bound minicab in Clapton.

The man and some friends were in Colne Road when two suspects, described as black men wearing dark clothing, approached them and fired a shotgun at the group before running off in the direction of Homerton High Road.

The victim is still in hospital but his condition is described by police as “stable”. No one else was injured, although the minicab, a silver Volkswagen Transporter, was damaged.

Police from Operation Trident – the Met’s unit for gun crime in the black community – are appealing for witnesses following the shooting at 3.30am on Sunday, September 4.

Trident officer Det Con Neil Whitbread said: “We are keen to hear from anyone who was in and around the Colne Road area at about 3:30am on Sunday morning.

“Maybe you saw or heard the incident or maybe you saw the suspects running off.

“If you think you can help please call our incident room - your call will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

“If you are concerned about coming forward, there are special measures that we can take to protect your identity and have used these measures in many successful cases.”

A 22-year-old man was arrested close to the scene. He was bailed to return to a north London police station pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8217 7366 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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