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Shooting in Southend not a 'random attack.'
9:00am Wednesday 13th March 2013 in Echo News
THE victim of a shooting in a Southend street is believed to have known his attackers.
Police are not treating the incident in York Road as a ‘random attack’ and say they suspect those behind the shooting were from London.
The victim, a man in his mid-20s, is also from London although officers would not reveal what the motive of the attack was.
He suffered a gunshot wound to his left thigh and has undergone surgery. He now remains in hospital but police are not saying which one to protect him.
His condition is not being treated as life-threatening and detectives have been able to interview him.
They are now seeking any witnesses who were in the area when the shooting happened.
Chief Insp Dave Colwell, Southend’s district commander, said: “It appears that the parties knew each other rather than it being a random attack.” T
he incident was reported at 12.40am and a firearms team was deployed along with local officers. Within 20 minutes they had arrested four men.
The men, two aged 18, and a 23 and 25-year-old, have now been bailed until May 13.
Mr Colwell said they would also be stepping up patrols, but said: “I want to reassure people this is an isolated incident and untypical for this area.”
Anyone with information about the shooting, which happened near to the junction with Baltic Avenue, should call Southend CID on 0300 333 4444 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.