Ilford shooting: Two men injured

TWO men began 2011 in hospital after a New Years Day shooting.

Police were called to Krystels Banqueting Suite in High Road at 3.40am to reports of gunshots being fired outside.

According to eyewitnesses the incident happened when a reveller was refused entry to a party being held in the first floor premises.

A 23-year-old man suffered a wound to his leg while another man, 38, was hit in the foot.

They were taken to Chase Farm Hospital, Enfield and Homerton Hospital, Hackney respectively and later discharged.

Krystels manager Mabs Hoque said: “We have been helping police with their enquiries and have supplied a CCTV recording.

“I spoke to one of the doormen and he told me stopped a man from coming in because he had a gun.

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“Later on in the night he returned in an angry state firing a shot and the casing of the bullet hit the doorman on the leg.”

A spokesman for floor level bed and mattress shop Dreams said: “When staff arrived for work at around 8.30am on New Year’s Day the road was closed.

“There were a number of police vans present and a dog unit scanned the area until about 1pm when the road was reopened.”

Officers from gun crime unit Operation Trident are investigating the incident and no arrests have been made.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident and anyone with information should contact 0208 217 7377 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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