Two men dead after triple shooting in Ilfordon October 25, 2022 at 2:20 pm

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One of the men, in his 20s, died at the scene and another died a short time later, police say.

Forensic officers can be seen investigating a home in Ilford

Two men have been killed and another has been left critically injured after a shooting in east London.

Armed police were called to reports of a fight and shots being fired in Henley Road, Ilford, just after midnight.

One of the victims, in his 20s, died at the scene while another died a short while later, also at the scene.

One local man who said he had called the police during the “commotion”, described seeing multiple men wearing balaclavas. No arrests have been made.

Forensic officers from the Met Police are working at a house in the street.

Emergency services at the scene of a stabbing near Ilford Station in the early hours of Tuesday

Image source, @stanikzai_19/PA Wire

Road closures around the area remain in place while officers investigate.

Police believe they know the identity of the victim in his 20s, and say the force is working to confirm the identity of the other man. Officers are working to inform their families.

‘Heard screams’

The third shooting victim, a man in his 30s, remains in hospital in a critical condition.

The local man who said he had called 999, who did not want to be identified, told the BBC he had also given first aid to one of the shot men, who still had a bullet lodged in his abdomen, as they waited for an ambulance to arrive.

Shamima Ahmed

Shamima Ahmed, who has lived in the street for two years, told BBC London: “I heard screams in the beginning. I didn’t bother much because it happens every day around here.

“Then it went worse and I could see the police running. The whole area had been cordoned off,” she added.

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Police officer in the street at the scene of the shooting

At the scene

By Victoria Bourne, BBC News

People who live and work in this part of Ilford have expressed dismay and shock at a shooting taking place in a residential area.

Several businesses said they were used to drug problems and violence but were fearful that this had now escalated to include the use of guns.

People living on Henley Road told me that they initially thought the gunshots overnight were fireworks as many locals had been celebrating Diwali.

There is still a large police cordon in place around Henley Road while forensic teams work outside the property.

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Raz, a taxi driver who did not want to give his surname, said it was “not safe to be walking around” the area at night.

“When I’m driving around at night past cashpoints I see people getting robbed,” he added.

“The police need to up their game.”

Police have urged anyone with information to come forward.

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