Leyton shooting: Man aged in his 20s shot dead in east London

Police launch second gun murder investigation of weekend

Peter Stubley
Sunday 07 July 2019 11:13
Police on scene after man shot dead in Leyton, East London

A young man has been shot dead in a snooker club in east London.

Police, including trained firearms officers, were called to reports of gunshots at the Phoenix in Lea Bridge Road in Leyton at 3am.

The man, believed to be aged in his late 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics.

Two other men, also aged in their 20s, were arrested on suspicion of murder after being treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The Metropolitan Police said the dead man had not been formally identified.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command launched a murder investigation.

“We understand the victim and two other men went to the snooker club,” said Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley. ”The victim was then involved in an altercation with another group and a number of shots were fired.

“A young man has lost his life and two others are injured. Were you there? Did you see anything before or after the attack?

“I would appeal to anyone at or in the proximity of the Phoenix snooker club. Anyone with information about this fatal shooting to contact the incident room. Detectives are ready to take your call.”

It comes after a man in his 30s was shot dead in Wembley, northwest London, on Friday evening.

The incident in Leyton is believed to be the fifth fatal shooting in London so far this year.

Last month Eniola Aluko, 19, and Edward Simpson, 25, died in separate incidents in Plumstead, south London, and Feltham, west London.

Ramane Wiggan, 25, was shot dead in West Norwood, south London, in March.

Anyone with information is asked contact police via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.