Police witness appeal after 2nd Isle of Dogs shooting in 2 weeks

Police in east London are appealing for witnesses to a second shooting in two weeks on the Isle of Dogs—within a mile of each other.

Three men have been wounded in the incidents which have now led to calls by Tower Hamlets councillors to their Borough Commander for action against what is feared could be a rise in gang violence.

The latest incident was soon after last night’s rush-hour when a man was shot in Byng Street, Millwall, close to Canary Wharf.

Detectives are treating it as attempted murder—a man in his 40s was shot several times as he entered a block of flats. He was later taken to hospital, where his condition today (Wed) was said to be critical, but stable.

The gunman is described as white, 6ft tall, slim build, wearing dark clothing and seen running towards Westferry Road.

It follows the shooting a mile away in Manchester Road, Cubitt Town, on March 11 when two men were wounded in St John’s Park at around 9.30pm.

Families on the nearby Samuda Estate heard gunshots and called police. A sawn-off shotgun had been fired in the street, Scotland Yard confirmed.

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One man aged 46 was wounded in the face and hand, a second man in the leg.

Now Tower Hamlets councillors on the Isle of Dogs are calling for police to step up patrols at night.

Cllr Peter Golds told the Advertiser: “We’ve now had two shootings in two weeks—we’ve never had this level of violence before. I am writing to the Borough Commander urging police to check on gang violence. We need more street patrols.”

The shootings follow an earlier incident when a gang fight broke out in Marsh Wall outside South Quay DLR station last month—close to Byng Street where last night’s shooting occurred at 7.30pm.

Scotland Yard has issued an appeal for witnesses to call the incident room on 020-8733 4212, or dial 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.