Victim speaks of Canning Town shotgun blast terror
A WOMAN blasted in the skull with a �shotgun in Canning Town has spoken about the �horrifying attack in a bid to bring the �culprits to justice.
The 22-year-old loan repayment �collector was left with 20 �pellets in her head after she was fired on as she sat in her car in Ivy Road at 5.30pm last Monday.
Police said that she could have died in the attempted robbery. They are appealing for information and the victim’s employers have offered a �10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.
The victim, who asked not to be named, was returning to her car after visiting a home when she noticed a gang of around 20 teenagers.
“They are always hanging around,” she said. “I got into the car and two of them came up to the window. One of them was trying to break it.
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“I was thinking: ‘Is this happening?’ I was shocked. They didn’t say anything.”
After the gun was fired her assailants made off empty-handed down an alley leading to Butcher’s Row.
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The victim was knocked unconscious for a short time by the blast.
But she managed to switch off the engine, apply the handbrake and get out of the �vehicle before phoning for help.
“I didn’t realise I had been shot until I saw the window had been broken,” she said. “I’m in a lot of pain.”
The two suspects are described as black and aged between 18 and 20. The gunman was wearing a red and white scarf and a black hoodie. His accomplice had a short Afro hair cut, short facial hair and was wearing a dark blue Adidas tracksuit with light blue stripes.
Det Sgt Steve Desmond, from Trident, said: “This is a very serious incident, where an innocent women could have so easily lost her life over such a small amount of money.
“She was very fortunate not to have been injured more seriously, but the next person might not be so lucky.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.