Shopkeeper describes speaking to 'gunman' minutes before he was shot (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Shopkeeper spoke to 'gunman' minutes before he was shot
A man who was shot by police following reports he was brandishing a gun in the street was carrying a fake weapon, according to a witness.
The shot man, who is being treated in hospital and reported to be in his 40s, visited NewsPlus Food and Wine in Hale End Road, Walthamstow, at around 8pm yesterday to buy a bottle of cider.
He returned five minutes later and flashed a gun at the shopkeeper.
The shopkeeper, who did not want to be named, said: “He came in and he was laughing.
“He showed me a gun and I was scared at first. Then I saw it was a fake. He was showing me it was fake.”
The man, who was said to speak little English, left the shop and at 8.20pm and minutes later two shots were heard nearby.
Police confirmed armed officers shot the man in both arms near a bus stop opposite Lamorna Close.
Police treated the man at the scene before paramedics arrived, while other officers dispersed a crowd of people who had gathered to see events unfold.
A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the man was conscious when he was taken to hospital.
The suspect has been arrested on suspicion of firearms-related offences.
The gun recovered from the scene will now undergo forensic examination.
Senior officers and investigators from the Metropolitan Police Service Directorate of Professional Standards were in attendance, as were investigators with the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
An independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident will be carried out by the IPCC.
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