Ilford shooting: Police reveal 22-year-old victim part of ‘drunk and rowdy’ group in a violent brawl

The 22-year-old victim of a shooting inside Ilford’s Krystel Banqueting was part of a “drunk and rowdy” group involved in a violent brawl, police have revealed.

Feuding guests sought bottles to use as weapons during a fight before the shooting inside the club, according to the chief police investigator.

The licence of the High Road venue, which hosts wedding functions but has also advertised itself as a bar hosting the “greatest DJs”, was suspended yesterday.

The decision was taken by Redbridge Council’s licensing committee following Sunday’s shooting.

The young victim was shot at around 4.40am and is now in a stable condition in hospital.

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He had drunk two litres of Hennessey brandy bought at the venue, according to Det Sgt Stephen Desmond, who is running the Operation Trident Gang Crime Command investigation.

Mr Desmond provided a written statement to the licensing committee.

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The victim is not being named by police.

Mr Desmond said: “It appears [the victim] was among a group of six men who entered the party and became increasingly drunk and rowdy.

“At one stage the group became involved in a violent confrontation and were leaping over the bar to obtain bottles to use as weapons.

“He [the victim] states he cannot remember anything of the incident because he was so drunk.”

A security supervisor has told the police most of the group was removed following the brawl by staff.

The supervisor learned of the shooting while removing people from the building and went into the main hall to find the victim injured on the dance-floor.

His condition was initially thought to be life-threatening after he was shot through the abdomen, according to Mr Desmond.

The bullet is believed to have passed through his body.

Another police statement from Pc John Brady, a Redbridge licensing officer, has said the victim was shot through his left shoulder.

Bo-eun Jung, a barrister representing the Met Police at the hearing, said security staff and witnesses have been uncooperative with the police investigation.

Up to 300 people were attending a private party and around 100 people were inside the club at the time of the shooting, but no witnesses have come forward.

Ms Jung described fighting between two ethnic groups, including men fighting outside with bricks.

Fire extinguishers were also let off inside.

A bullet head was recovered within the main hall which has led police to believe a revolver-type weapon was used.

Detectives have not ruled out the possibility the shooting is gang-related.

Officers are looking for one suspect, a black male, and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information on Sunday’s shooting should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The licence, which includes the provision to sell alcohol, has been suspended until a full hearing.

Krystel’s licence holder, Mohibul Hoque, of Canterbury Avenue, Ilford, went to Bangladesh following the shooting and cannot be contacted.

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