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Police name Grays man shot dead in Roydon

Police at the crime scene in Water Lane (credit: Essex Police)

Detectives say a man from Grays who was killed in a drive-by shooting last weekend was the victim of a targeted attack.

Robert Powell, 50, was repeatedly shot by a group of people in a car in Water Lane on Saturday, 13 June.

He was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries the following day.

Two women, aged in their 20s, also suffered gunshot wounds but their injuries were less serious. 

“First and foremost, our thoughts go to Robert’s family and friends,” said Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings.

“This is undoubtedly a very difficult time and I would like to reassure them that we are doing everything we can to find those responsible.

“We have made good progress in this investigation and now believe this was a targeted attack.”

Detective Chief Inspector Jennings added: “We still need anyone with information about what happened to Robert to come forward.

“If you saw or heard anyone in the area in the moments before or after the incident, or have any CCTV or dashcam footage, please get in contact with the team.

“It doesn’t matter how small or insignificant you think it is, it could be vital to our investigation.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to go to the UK Police Major Incident Public Reporting site.

Alternatively please call 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers completely anonymously.

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