WALTHAMSTOW: Shooting 'may have been an accident'

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Blood on the pavement at the scene of the shooting. Blood on the pavement at the scene of the shooting.

A TEENAGER who was shot in the groin this morning may have been fired on accidentally by a friend.

The 19-year-old was hit next to a communal doorway on the Marlowe Road Estate, behind the tower block in Wood Street, Walthamstow, just after 1am.

Residents on the estate, which is blighted by gangs, believe the gunman may have known his victim because they both apparently fled the scene together before police arrived.

Later in the night the victim turned up at Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone asking for treatment.

He is in a serious but stable condition.

One witness, who did not want to be named, said: “I was in my home when I heard a loud single 'pop' sound. I came out of my house and I saw one man lying on the ground and another standing over him shouting 'what the f***?' over and over again.

“At first I thought it was a mugging or something. I went back inside to get my friend and we came out together again straight away but they were gone.

“I didn't see their faces but they were two young teenagers, not very old. They must have escaped back inside the doorway and then run off together out of another entrance.

“I think they must have been mucking around and it went wrong.”

Residents claim it took police more than 20 minutes to arrive and say a CCTV camera pointing at the scene of the shooting was not working.

Another resident Domenico Melito, 41, said: “Ascham Homes are a joke. It takes a month, sometimes two months for repairs to get done and all the gates are left unlocked at night and the communal locks are broken.

Neighbour Thomas Kowlaski, 35, said: “My wife heard it in the middle of the night, it was like a small explosion.

“We have a six-year-old boy and we don't feel safe. There are youths hanging around, dealing drugs and fighting but the police do nothing.

“The PCSOs walk around but it's like they're on a parade. They're just here to be seen, but when it comes to arresting anyone or dealing with the problems forget it.”

Anyone with information about the shooting can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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1:19pm Thu 12 Aug 10

andychurchill says...

Thats's a real shame. Maybe next time his friend will be a better shot. One last scum of society blighting our borough.
Thats's a real shame. Maybe next time his friend will be a better shot. One last scum of society blighting our borough. andychurchill
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2:35pm Thu 12 Aug 10

rubberneck says...

Oh that is ok then? Accident, Poentially lethel weapon, what are the police doing about it?
Oh that is ok then? Accident, Poentially lethel weapon, what are the police doing about it? rubberneck
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2:57pm Thu 12 Aug 10

Augustus says...

Ascham Homes are indeed a joke but sadly a sick one.
Ascham Homes are indeed a joke but sadly a sick one. Augustus
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5:58pm Thu 12 Aug 10

SurvivorMentality says...

rubberneck wrote:
Oh that is ok then? Accident, Poentially lethel weapon, what are the police doing about it?
Indeed. As it is illegal to own a handgun in this country, this shooting is a crime, regardless of whether or not is was "accidental". We should just console ourselves that it was only idiot on idiot.
[quote][p][bold]rubberneck[/bold] wrote: Oh that is ok then? Accident, Poentially lethel weapon, what are the police doing about it?[/p][/quote]Indeed. As it is illegal to own a handgun in this country, this shooting is a crime, regardless of whether or not is was "accidental". We should just console ourselves that it was only idiot on idiot. SurvivorMentality
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7:02pm Thu 12 Aug 10

EducateCommunities says...

Gun Play and Gun Crime are on the rise in Waltham Forest yet our Council and Police have got no idea how to tackle this.

Why do we pay council taxes and revenue to service our communities, when the so called local authorities keep on failing us and we are becoming to scared to venture outside our own homes.

It's the same old story to little to late yet we keep on paying the price. Our MP and Council claim they are going to do this and that but now the election is over, they are back to spinning poor excuses and dodging the serious issue of making our streets safe.
Gun Play and Gun Crime are on the rise in Waltham Forest yet our Council and Police have got no idea how to tackle this. Why do we pay council taxes and revenue to service our communities, when the so called local authorities keep on failing us and we are becoming to scared to venture outside our own homes. It's the same old story to little to late yet we keep on paying the price. Our MP and Council claim they are going to do this and that but now the election is over, they are back to spinning poor excuses and dodging the serious issue of making our streets safe. EducateCommunities
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10:55am Fri 13 Aug 10

kingdavid3 says...

Woke up in the morning around 7am, saw the police doing the investigation with the police tape around the crime scene. Went to work, came back at around 6.30pm in the evening it was raining very hard. No police presence in the crime scene, tape is gone, evidence was washed away by the rain. All I can say is just poor pathetic investigation!
Woke up in the morning around 7am, saw the police doing the investigation with the police tape around the crime scene. Went to work, came back at around 6.30pm in the evening it was raining very hard. No police presence in the crime scene, tape is gone, evidence was washed away by the rain. All I can say is just poor pathetic investigation! kingdavid3
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8:29pm Fri 13 Aug 10

maltesers says...

Yes, very poor - no magnifying glasses, no bloodhounds. They probably didn't even draw a big white chalk body shape on the ground. Tsk. Amateurs.
Yes, very poor - no magnifying glasses, no bloodhounds. They probably didn't even draw a big white chalk body shape on the ground. Tsk. Amateurs. maltesers
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