A week on from a shooting in Hackney, which has left a nine-year-old girl in a critical condition, and three men injured, detectives continue to appeal for information and witnesses.

Detective Chief Superintendent James Conway, local policing lead for Hackney and Tower Hamlets, said: “Our investigation team has been working tirelessly to piece together what happened and to identify the dangerous individual responsible for this shocking and indiscriminate act of violence.

“We will always be directed by the evidence and a critical line of enquiry has been the potential link to Turkish-originating organised criminal networks.

“Sadly, a nine-year-old girl who was simply having dinner with her family is now in a hospital bed fighting for her life. It is therefore important we find out the details of the individual who carried out this horrific attack and those involved in the planning.

“Our investigation continues at pace but, if you have information, if you know who was involved, you can do the right thing and share the information with us completely anonymously.

“You might be a friend, partner or a family member of someone that you suspect may be involved. I urge you to search your heart to understand if your loyalty to friends or associates extends to covering up for an innocent child being shot.

“Our young victim remains in a critical condition. Specialist family liaison officers continue to support her family through this terribly difficult time and our thoughts remain with her and her family.

“It is very clear that this attack has had a devastating impact on the family. On their behalf we ask that their privacy is respected in such difficult circumstances.”

At around 21:20hrs on Wednesday, 29 May, a lone motorcyclist fired a number of shots towards a restaurant on Kingsland High Street, Dalston.

A nine-year-old girl was shot and remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Three men – aged 37, 42 and 44 – who were sitting outside the restaurant were also shot. They have since been discharged from hospital.

The suspect’s motorbike was a Ducati Monster with a white body, red chassis and red wheels. In 2021 it was stolen from a Wembley property and at the time of the shooting, was displaying the registration plates DP21 OXY.

Detective Chief Superintendent Conway, added: “The incident has left the residents of Hackney, and the wider Turkish and Kurdish communities shocked and appalled. In addition to my direct appeal to those involved in the wider issues, I would also ask that anyone from these communities who may have information about the shooting or the events leading up to it, to please come forward and speak to police.

“We are also reissuing two images of the suspect motorbike and want to hear from anyone who might recognise it. We are particularly keen to hear from you if you saw this motorbike on the day of the incident. Or if perhaps you saw it being parked up in a driveway or any other specific locations.

“Over the last week, there have been additional patrols conducted by local officers, supported by colleagues from the Met’s Turkish Police Association and specialist firearm officers, to provide reassurance and a visible presence in the local area.”

This evening, one week on from the incident, officers will be in the area speaking to the local community and conducting a witness appeal.

Member of the public are urged to speak with officers to provide them with any information which could assist the investigation.

Anyone with information can call 101 or our dedicated incident room on 020 8345 3865 or pass information on anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online via crimestoppers-uk.org.

Information can also be shared directly with the police via the dedicated online portal here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/01MPS24W56-PO1

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