Woman, 42, shot dead in Hackney as police launch murder inquiry

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Photograph: Ray Forster

A 42-year-old woman was killed and two others wounded in a shooting in Hackney yesterday evening.

Scotland Yard has launched a murder investigation after officers were called to Vine Close in Lower Clapton at 6.28pm.

They found three people suffering from gunshot wounds.

Despite the efforts of emergency services, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said her next of kin are being informed and will be supported by specialist family liaison officers.

A 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were taken to hospital, where their conditions are being assessed.

No arrests have yet been made.

Detective Superintendent Vicky Tunstall, from Hackney’s policing team, said: “This shocking incident has resulted in the death of a woman and my thoughts are with her family at this incredibly difficult time.

“My thoughts are also with the two people who have been taken to hospital.

“We are still in the early stages of our investigation and a team of specialist detectives are working to establish what has happened.

“Officers will remain at the scene overnight and will be in the area over the coming days.

“I do not underestimate the impact this incident will have on people in Hackney and I understand the community will want answers about what has happened this evening.

“We will share further information as our investigation progresses.”

Tunstall added: “Gun crime has no place on the streets of London and we will do all we can to bring whoever is responsible for this despicable crime to justice.”

Anyone who witnessed the shooting, or has information about what happened, is asked to call 101, quoting CAD 5811/05Dec.

To remain anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.