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Man, 28, dies in ‘reckless’ shooting as another is stabbed at party in east London

A 28-year-old man was shot dead at a party in east London, police have confirmed.

The Metropolitan Police said a murder investigation had been opened following reports of shots being fired at around 12.35am on Sunday July 24 at Cheney Row Park near Durban Road, E17.

Officers attended the scene with fellow paramedics, but both victims presented themselves to an east London hospital later that night.

One of the men, aged 28 and seriously injured by gunshot wounds, died in hospital shortly afterwards.

The man’s family has been informed and will be taken care of by specialist officers. A post-mortem examination and formal identification will be arranged in due course, Met Police said.

The second man, in his thirties, was released from hospital after being stabbed. He was arrested in connection with the incident and taken into custody at a London police station.

The Met’s murder inquiry lead, DCI Kelly Allen of Specialist Crime, said: ‘My heart goes out to the family of the man who lost his life in this reckless act of violence. I can assure them of my total dedication, and that of my team, so that they obtain justice.

Met Police described the incident as a ‘reckless act of violence’

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“I believe there were 50-100 people gathered in and around Cheney Row Park at the time of filming with music playing. I urgently need to speak to everyone who was present at this event – even if you don’t think you saw anything of significance, you must come forward and speak to the officers.

“There will have been footage and footage captured at the event, and we need to see it. Please ensure that all of this material is saved – we will provide a link for it to be downloaded shortly.

“To anyone considering whether or not to report to the police, I ask that you put yourself in the shoes of the grieving mother and father of the victim this morning. They deserve answers.

“And anyone who has brought a gun to a gathering like this does not deserve your protection, nor does he deserve to be free to inflict further harm on others. Please do the right thing and contact us today.

Chief Superintendent Simon Crick, who heads policing at Waltham Forest, said: ‘This is a tragic incident and a senseless loss of life. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family at this very difficult time.

“I also understand the concern this incident will cause within the local community.

“I want to reassure residents that local officers will be on duty to provide comfort and a visible presence. Your agents will be available to speak with you should you wish to raise any concerns you may have.

Police asked for information or witnesses to call 101, quoting reference 267/24jul.

If you don’t want to talk to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name and cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you are using .