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Two arrested after fatal shooting in Leyton

Both suspects were also injured during the incident (credit: Google Maps)

Two men have been arrested following a fatal shooting in Leyton. 

Police found a man in his 20s suffering from a gunshot wound in the Phoenix snooker club, shortly before 3am yesterday morning. 

Paramedics attended but despite their best efforts he was pronounced dead at the scene in Lea Bridge Road. 

Officers took two men, both in their 20s, into custody on suspicion of murder. 

Both suspects suffered non life-threatening injuries and were treated at an east London hospital. 

“We understand the victim and two other men went to the snooker club,” said Detective Chief Inspector, Mark Wrigley.

“The victim was then involved in an altercation with another group and a number of shots were fired. A young man has lost his life and two others are injured.

“I would appeal to anyone at or in the proximity of the Phoenix Club. Anyone with information about this fatal shooting to contact the incident room. Detectives are ready to take your call.”

The victim’s next of kin have been informed but a formal identification has not yet taken place. 

Anyone living near crime scenes at several recent incidents across London can expect an increased police presence, according to Chief Superintendent, Richard Tucker.

“I want to reassure the residents and communities of Waltham Forest and Newham, as well as across wider London, who are concerned and alarmed following recent tragic incidents, including the most recent fatal shooting in Leyton in the early hours of Sunday morning; The Metropolitan Police is working with our partners to do all we can to prevent such tragic attacks and are determined day and night to apprehend those involved and take weapons off the streets,” he said.

“The shootings in Wembley and Leyton are not being treated as linked. Our local policing teams are working with the Violent Crime Taskforce and other specialist resources, as well as with our local partners to help keep London safe.”

Anyone with information is asked contact police via the incident room on 0208 345 3715 or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

You can also tweet police via @MetCC.

If there are any young people who either have information about violence they can visit www.fearless.org where they can pass on information anonymously. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.

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