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Tuesday, 29 August, 2000, 15:24 GMT 16:24 UK
Police hunt L-plate gunman
Forensic scientists
Forensic scientists examine the scene
Police believe a hitman may be responsible for the murder of a man on his doorstep in Essex.

Ronald Fuller, 30, was found by his girlfriend with gunshots wounds outside the bungalow in Parkside on Tuesday morning.

A man was seen leaving the area on a motor bike or scooter, with L-plates.

Armed police sealed off the area and an ambulance took Mr Fuller to Basildon General Hospital where he later died.

Ronald Fuller
Ronald Fuller was found shot outside his home

A spokesman for Essex police said: "A number of shots were heard and a man was seen to leave the area on what is described as a motor scooter with some chrome on it."

A young boy, thought to be the dead man's son, was in the house at the time of the shooting.

'Covered in blood'

The scooter's driver was described as a white man of medium build, 5ft 7in with mousy hair and a long jacket with fluorescent material on it. The scooter's registration plate ended in the letters VMX.

"We are anxious to speak to anyone who may have heard or seen anything at the time in the area, particularly in respect to the motorcycle," the police spokesman said.

Neighbour Ann Pryke said: "I was upstairs and I heard three shots, I went to the front door and heard the girlfriend screaming. So I ran to help.

"But there wasn't anything I could do. He was covered in blood and obviously dying."

The couple and the boy are thought to have moved to the area two months ago.

Anyone with information can contact Essex Police on 01245 452207.

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