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Girl, 13, hurt in drive-by shooting near Brick Lane

PUBLISHED: 07:44 14 April 2016 | UPDATED: 09:30 14 April 2016

The cordon outside Bethnal Green Police Station (Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire)

The cordon outside Bethnal Green Police Station (Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire)

A teenage girl was taken to hospital yesterday after she was injured when the car she was travelling in through Bethnal Green was shot at.

She was riding in a car with a 23-year-old man near Cheshire Street in Bethnal Green yesterday when the incident happened.

He attended Bethnal police station at around 5.50pm and told officers that a gun had been fired in the direction of their vehicle.

Officers gave the girl first aid for a minor wound and she was taken to an east London hospital by ambulance.

Witness Sarah Woolley, 28, who works near the scene told the Evening Standard: “I was opposite the police station when a man in a red T-shirt was assisting police officers by pointing at a car and pointing down the road. I heard something said about a shooting.

“The car was a grey Mitsubishi parked opposite the station. It was facing in the wrong direction. Its sides were dented in and there was a big pool of dark liquid under the car. It wasn’t clear who it belonged to.

“At least a dozen police and other station staff rushed out of the building. Everyone was peering into the back window of the car and pointing at something.”

The police station was closed down whilst the girl was being treated there, and firearms officers closed roads around the scene of the crime so they could carry out a search.

All locations have now reopened and Trident and Area Crime Command are investigating the incident. There have been no arrests.

Anyone with any information should contact detectives from Trident on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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