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Man wounded in shooting at London Fields in Hackney

Police at London Fields
One man sustained serious injuries in the shooting

A man was wounded as two shots were fired in an east London park where hundreds of families were also attending a festival.

The shooting happened at 1530 BST in London Fields park in Hackney.

The 27-year-old injured man is in a serious but stable condition, the Metropolitan Police said. No arrests have been made over the shooting.

The victim, who was shot in the stomach, was an "innocent bystander", police said.

'Worrying incident'

People had gathered for the day-long festival, organised by Hackney Council, to preview other events to be held in the borough's parks. But the shooting took place in another area of the park.

A Met spokeswoman said two shots were fired, one of which hit the victim.

An eyewitness, Tanya, said: "There was a guy to the right who just came out with a gun... [he] shot towards the floor.

"Then all of a sudden we realised that a guy has been shot just about another 50m away. So I ran over to see if he was OK.

"He had been shot kind of in the back and had an exit wound just near his belly."

Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe said: "Despite this very worrying incident, hundreds of people were able to enjoy the event in London Fields safely and without interruption."



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