Pictured: Teenager who was shot dead in North Woolwich
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A teenager shot dead in North Woolwich on Friday night has been named locally as Karim Samms.
Karim, who is believed to be 17, was found injured on Roebourne Way, at around 10.45pm.
He died at the scene.
Friends of Karim have paid tribute to him on social media website Twitter.
@AFR_SP tweeted: Gotta pray Everytime I leave my house cause I might not make it back! Little Kids becoming victims too.. RIP Lil Karim.
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@Yolomyass tweeted: RIP KARIM! Cutest boy ever & it’s a shame that your life was taken. Rest in paradise love.
Karim was a member of Fight for Peace (FFP), a charity organisation that uses boxing and martial arts with education and personal development to help young people living in areas blighted by crime or violence.
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It has three academies in Newham, Brazil and Jamaica.
Luke Dowdney, FFP founder and director, issued a statement on the charity’s Facebook page.
He said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened following the tragic death of Karim Samms, a long time and much loved member of our London Academy.
“Karim was shot and killed in North Woolwich on Friday evening, aged 17. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, loved ones and friends at this extremely difficult time.”
@sophienewnes another member of FFP tweeted: RIP Karim! It’s such awful news to hear that one of our family at @fightforpeace has been murdered but it really drills home why we need FFP
Shortly after Karim was shot a man in his 20s was found with a gunshot injury in nearby Claremont Close.
He was rushed to hospital where his injuries are not being treated as life-threatening and he is in a stable condition.
Detectives are trying to establish whether the two shootings are linked and today were doing door-to-door enquires.
An incident room has opened under Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Piscopo of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.
Anyone who witnessed either shooting or has any information should call the incident room on 020 345 3715, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via Twitter @MetCC.