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Girl narrowly escapes seeing a man shot by police outside her home in Walthamstow
An eight-year-old girl was playing in her front garden minutes before a man was shot by police outside her home.
Armed police swooped on Hale End Road in Walthamstow shortly after 8.20pm last night after two members of the public reported a man carrying a gun in the street.
Police challenged the suspect, reported to be in his forties, and then shot him in both arms near a bus stop opposite Lamorna Close.
A shopkeeper at Newsplus Food and Wine said the man bought a bottle of cider minutes before the incident and showed him a fake gun.
Michelle Handley, 43, who lives opposite the bus stop, was “shocked” to think that her daughter, described as being “overwhelmed” by the incident, had been playing outside ten minutes before police fired on the suspect.
Her two sons, aged 12 and 18, looked out of the window when they heard the gun shots and shouted: “Mum, there’s a man at the bus stop and he’s been shot and he’s bleeding.”
Mrs Handley said the two boys, who saw the police going over to the body were “shocked when they first looked outside.”
Mrs Handley’s other son, who turns 15 today, was on his way home at the time of the shooting.
“I was quite distressed thinking about him.
“I was trying to speak to the police outside about how he could get home but they just kept telling me to go back inside.”
Neighbour, Karen Morgan, 57, who has lived opposite the bus stop for 30 years said the area has deteriorated in recent years.
“It does get pretty scary. It was very intense over there.
“You just don’t know what’s out there now.
“My son is 16 and it was quite frightening for him.”
Mrs Morgan was relieved to see the police were on the scene and commended their handling of the situation.
She said: “As soon as we saw the police we knew the danger had passed.
“They seemed to look after him.
“They do a good job and they have to face a lot of bad things.”
A gun was recovered from the scene and is undergoing a forensic examination.
The injured man is recovering in hospital and has been arrested on suspicion of firearms-related offences.
Police provided first aid to the shot man until paramedics arrived.
A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the man was conscious and was treated and stabilised at the scene.
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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