Hackney: Child among four people shot in 'drive-by' shooting near east London restaurant

30 May 2024, 00:08 | Updated: 30 May 2024, 12:31

A child is in a serious condition after four people were shot in an apparent drive-by shooting on a busy east London high street.

It happened on Kingsland High Street in Hackney at about 9.20pm on Wednesday.

Families were sat outside eating dinner when the shooting happened, with witnesses telling Sky News they initially thought it was fireworks before hearing a motorbike screech off.

All four victims were taken to hospital with gunshot injuries.

Specialist firearms officers were called, but police said no arrests have been made so far.

At Evin, a Turkish restaurant, plates of food and half-drunk beers were still laid out on tables on Thursday morning.

Chairs appeared to have been shoved aside in a panic and paramedics' plastic gloves lay on the floor behind the police cordon.

A woman staying in the hotel opposite told Sky News people received text messages telling them to stay inside.

The Metropolitan Police said the child is in a serious condition and the force is waiting for updates on the three adults.

"Fast-moving enquiries are under way and we will update as soon as we can. If anyone has any information, please contact us," said Met Police deputy assistant commissioner Matt Ward.

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A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said a trauma team from the air ambulance was among multiple resources dispatched.

"We treated three adults and one child at the scene before taking them all to a major trauma centre," a statement said.