CCTV images released in hunt for Stepney shooters

CCTV still of the white BMW shortly before shooting. Pic; Metropolitan Police

CCTV image of the white BMW shortly before shooting took place. Pic; Metropolitan Police

The Metropolitan Police have released CCTV images of a car that they believe is connected to an attempted murder in Stepney, Tower Hamlets.

The shooting, which happened on September 24 2016, left a man with a serious leg injury whilst walking on Ernest Street.

Officers were called at around 7pm and the man was then taken to hospital where he received surgery.

The CCTV footage taken on the day shows a white BMW that officers from Operation Trident, a unit of the Metropolitan Police responsible for investigating gang crimes and non-fatal shootings, suspect to be involved in, if not directly linked to, the shooting.

In a police statement Detective Constable Barry Hart of the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command said; “The CCTV footage shows two people who seem to react adversely to what is going on, as if they have heard gunshots.

“Any witnesses to the shooting may hold vital pieces of information we need to prosecute the person or persons responsible.”

A 19-year-old man and two 22-year-old men were arrested in September 2016 on suspicion of attempted murder and are currently on bail until early April.

Tower Hamlets is currently ninth out of all London boroughs for violent crimes using offensive weapons, according to recent data from the Met police.

When this is broken down specifically to gun crimes however, as of January 2017 the number of reported gun crimes in the borough is ninth out of 184 reported to the Met across London, a decrease when compared to 2016 figures.

Following the release of the CCTV images a £10,000 reward is being offered from Operation Trident for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the attempted murder.

Witnesses or anyone with any information can contact police on 101 or via Twitter @MetCC.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111

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