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Newham double shooting leaves 14-year-old boy fighting for his life

The victims, 14 and 17, were shot near Forest Gate station in Newham. Credit: ITV London

Extra police are patrolling the streets of Newham after two boys were shot in broad daylight.

A 14-year-old boy has been left fighting for his life in hospital after the gun attack close to a children’s playground on Moore Walk near Forest Gate station. It's understood the schoolboy had been sitting talking with friends when he was targeted.

Witnesses say the attacker walked up behind the teenager and shot him in the head. A 17-year-old boy suffered gun shot wounds to the leg. According to reports the attacker was armed with a shot gun.

The incident follows the murder of a 19-year-old Abdul Mayanja, an RAF Air Cadet who was shot in the same area just 10 days ago. That victim was found on Well Street, which is just over a mile away. He was taken to an east London hospital by ambulance workers, but died a short time later.

Yesterday a 17-year-old youth was charged with grievous bodily harm after a teenager was stabbed in a mass brawl which broke out at Westfield Stratford shopping centre, which is also close by, on 1st September.

In response to fears of further attacks in the area police say they have they now taken action.

Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, who is in charge of policing Newham, said:

Sadly today two young men have been shot on our streets, one of whom remains critically ill in hospital.

We are only too well aware that this incident comes after a number of shootings and firearms discharges that are blighting our communities and seriously injuring our young men.

I want the community of Newham to help us tackle this - if you have any information about people carrying or supplying firearms please let us know and we will take action.

– Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan