A man who died after he was shot in the chest outside a Chelmsford petrol station has been named by police as John Pordage, aged 34.
Police said the victim was with another man, in his 20s, outside a BP garage when a blue Ford Fiesta pulled up shortly after 2am.
“He was shot by an occupant of the car, which drove off,” a spokesperson said.
The vehicle then drove off before police arrived. The victim, from Galleywood, was taken to hospital where he later died.
On social media, friends paid tribute to electrician Mr Pordage, describing him as a “legend” and a “family man”.
The senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said officers believe the shooting involved people who knew each other.
“Several members of the public went to the aid of the victim and his friend, and I want to thank them for their assistance in what clearly would have been harrowing circumstances,” he added.
“We have spoken to a number of witnesses but I am keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened and has yet to come forward.
“I also want to speak to anyone who saw a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle in the area before and after the incident, and anyone who took mobile phone or dash cam footage of the incident.”
Chief Inspector Ronnie Egan said such incidents were “extremely rare” and sought to reassure the local community.
“Although we believe there is no wider risk to the community, I know residents will be very concerned,” he added.
“My local policing teams are out on extra patrols and we are also working with partners to provide reassurance.”
Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward as they seek to trace the car involved, and are looking for mobile phone or dash cam footage of the shooting.
Witnesses are asked to call police on 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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