Masked gunmen murder cyclist in underpass

Shadow of a cyclist

Police think the cyclist was not the intended victim

A man has died after he was shot in the head while riding his bicycle in Tower Hamlets, police have said.

Wayne Stockdale, 42, from Poplar in east London, was riding in the road when two masked men opened fire.

Police said they do not believe Mr Stockdale was the intended target.

Officers were called to the incident at about 10.20pm on Friday.

They found the victim suffering from gunshot wounds in an underpass under flats at the junction of Knapp Road and Rounton Road.

Mr Stockdale was taken to the Royal London Hospital where he died at 12.50pm on Tuesday.

A Met spokesman said: “At this stage it appears the victim was riding a bicycle in Rounton Road when two male suspects armed with handguns opened fire, shooting him in the head.

“The males, described as black or Asian and wearing face coverings, then made off towards Knapp Road and got into a car.”

Detective Chief Inspector John Crossley, of Trident, which specialises in gun crime, said: “At this stage we do not believe Wayne was the intended target for this incident which saw shots fired both at him and into the street. We would appeal for anyone with information or any witnesses to please contact us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information was asked to call the incident room on 020 8733 4212 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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