Boy, 11, hurt and man ‘critically injured’ after shooting ‘with big gun’ at playground in Loxford Park, Ilford

There has been a shooting in Loxford Park, on Loxford Lane

There has been a shooting in Loxford Park, on Loxford Lane - Credit: Archant

A man in his 20s is in critical condition in hospital and a 11-year-old boy has suffered minor injuries after being shot in a children’s playground in Loxford Park, Ilford, yesterday afternoon.

This morning, Khartoum Road and Vine Gardens, both off Ilford Lane, were cordoned off with tape.

A man in his 20s remains in hospital in a critical condition, after he was taken to an east London hospital yesterday, suffering from gunshot injuries.

The 11-year-old boy suffered minor injuries. Both parties were unknown to each other.

There have been no arrests and detectives from Trident, the Met’s shooting investigations team, are now investigating.

Emergency services were called to reports of a shooting in Loxford Lane at 4.30pm, yesterday afternoon.

A resident nearby told the Recorder that she called the police, after seeing a man shoot somebody “with a big gun” in Loxford Park.

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She said: “It was very scary, I saw it outside the window. He had a big gun, like one that the army would have.

“I hid behind the till, I was so scared. I have never seen anything like it.”

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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