Stratford shooting: Police hunt for ‘getaway car’

Police want to trace this silver Lexus, number plate AY52 CKD. Picture: Metropolitan Police

Police want to trace this silver Lexus, number plate AY52 CKD. Picture: Metropolitan Police - Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police investigating a Stratford shooting which left a young man fighting for his life in hospital today released a picture of the car they want to trace.

Police want to trace this silver Lexus, number plate AY52 CKD. Picture: Metropolitan Police

Police want to trace this silver Lexus, number plate AY52 CKD. Picture: Metropolitan Police - Credit: Metropolitan Police

The 21-year-old victim was found with a gunshot wound to his head when officers were called to Romford Road, near the junction with Vicarage Lane, at about 10.30pm on Sunday, January 21.

While he has not been officially named, his next of kin are aware.

“There is a young man in a life-threatening condition and it is vital we uncover exactly what led to him being shot,” said investigation lead Det Insp Robert Allen.

The suspects were travelling in a silver Lexus, number plate AY52 CKD, police believe.

Police and forensic teams at the scene of the shooting in Romford Road, Stratford. Picture: Ken Mear

Police and forensic teams at the scene of the shooting in Romford Road, Stratford. Picture: Ken Mears - Credit: Archant


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They then got out of the car, shot the victim and fled the scene in the vehicle.

“I need anyone with information about the vehicle or the shooting itself to come forward and speak to police or Crimestoppers anonymously so we can bring those responsible to justice.” Det Insp Allen added.

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“I would appeal to anyone who remembers seeing this car in the Vicarage Lane area on the evening of Sunday, January 21, or knows where the vehicle is now, to contact us as a matter of urgency.

“Any information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.”

Officers arrested an 18-year-old man in Brentwood, Essex, on Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder.

He was taken to an east London police station, but has since been bailed to return to a date in late February.

Last week police cordons were set up on the Romford Road junction with Water Lane as specialist search teams swept the area for clues.

Officers ask anyone with information to call 020 7230 8570 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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