The condition of a 27-year-old man shot during an incident at a festival on London Fields on Saturday afternoon is improving. He was taken to hospital after receiving what is believed to be a gunshot wound. This followed a fight breaking out adjacent to London Fields where an all-day festival was taking place.
The Parks for Life festival is taking place across Hackney borough’s parks and gardens and the shooting took place against the backdrop of cricket being played, cookery demonstrations, gardening and free swimming
lessons at the nearby lido.
The injured man was first reported to be critical but his condition has improved and his wound was not considered life-threatening. It was believed he was an innocent bystander caught in cross-fire.
The Mayor of Hackney Jules Pipe told the Press Association:
“Despite this very worrying incident, hundreds of people were able to enjoy the event in London Fields today safely and without interruption. Thankfully the incident took place some distance from the event, but if anyone attending did witness anything or has any information, I would urge them to contact the police.”