Search for gunman in Essex

Police are hunting for a gunman after two people were shot and injured yesterday afternoon. Essex Police want to talk to Francis O'Donoghue in connection with the double shooting.

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Hunt still on for gunman in Essex

Francis O’Donoghue Credit: Essex Police

Police are continuing to search for a gunman who is being sought in connection with an attempted murder in west Essex.

Francis O’Donoghue is urged to hand himself in to officers following the shooting on farmland off Goatswood Lane in Navestock at 3:30pm on Tuesday, August 27.

Two men are still being treated for gunshot wounds to the legs and chest in hospital under armed police guard and are currently in a stable condition.

Detectives are looking for 27-year-old Francis O’Donoghue who is believed to have been at his home on the farm during the time of the shooting.

Essex Police’s Supt Trevor Roe said: "We are appealing for information from anyone who knows the circumstances behind this shooting, especially those people who know where Francis O’Donoghue is.

"Our initial enquiries suggest that the two victims and the gunman know each other, but we don’t know the reason behind the attack.

"We would urge people who know Francis to avoid him purely because he is in possession of a firearm and those who come into contact with him should call us immediately. There is nothing though to suggest that anyone else is at risk of being injured.”

Francis O’Donoghue is described as white, approximately 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build, has short-brown hair, has protruding ears and speaks with an Irish accent.

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