An unprovoked street shooting in east London has claimed the life of a teenager while leaving another man fighting for his life. – daily alternative news
The two men were shot at about 8 pm on Hindrey Road, Clapton, Scotland Yard said, adding that the pair were then taken to a hospital where the younger victim, aged 19, died at about 11 pm.
The metropolitan police said the motive for the shootings was not clear, and that no one has been arrested so far.
However, detectives from Operation Trident, which inspects gang-related crimes, said they are hunting two suspects seen running from the scene towards the nearby Pembury Estate.
“At this very early stage we must retain an open mind regarding the circumstances of the incident and any motive,” a police spokesperson said.
The shooting raises questions whether Britain is treading the path the American society has taken over the past years, forcing the US government to consider banning of firearms.
In the US the issue came into spotlight after the December 14 schoolhouse massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, that was followed by revelations that about 1,500 fatal shootings occurred in the country in the seven weeks after the shooting.
In England and Wales, more than 350 people are the victim of cold weapons assaults every day, while the country’s officials still insist crime rates are falling.
Annual British Crime Survey also reported almost 130,000 attacks involved knives in 2007 which is equivalent to one in every four minutes.
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