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: