Hackney shooting: Victim named locally as Lianne Gordon

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Lianne Gordon has been described as loved by the community
By Adriana Elgueta
BBC News

A woman who was shot dead in east London on Tuesday evening has been named locally as Lianne Gordon.

She was killed in Lower Clapton, Hackney, where a man, 20, and a 16-year-old boy also sustained gunshot wounds.

The 42-year-old’s neighbours have described her as “very community-spirited” and “loved by the community”.

The Metropolitan Police has launched a murder inquiry. No arrests have been made.

Inquiries are ongoing to establish the motive, the force added. It said officers were in the process of informing the dead woman’s next of kin.

The shooting happened on Vine Close, which is in a small housing development, at about 18:30 GMT.

The man and the boy were taken to hospital, where their conditions are being assessed.

BBC News reporter Frankie McCamley, on the scene

It’s very quiet here on Rendlesham Road, which joins on to Vine Close. The only sound in this densely populated residential area is the distant laughter of children playing in a nearby school.

A large section of the road has been cordoned off with police tape. Each person who leaves the cordoned-off area has to check in with police, giving their name and phone number. Very few people want to talk to the media, with some clearly still in shock.

A white forensics tent stands outside the property where it’s understood the shooting took place.

In the past hour, a woman came to leave flowers and a card that read: “Such a beautiful soul, gone too soon.”

Too upset to take part in an interview, she told me she knew the woman who had been killed – “everyone knew her”, she said, adding: “She was loved by the community.”

Speaking on Tuesday night, Det Supt Vicky Tunstall said it was a shocking incident and appealed for witnesses, adding that officers would remain at the scene in the coming days.

Flowers have been placed close to the police cordon

“I do not underestimate the impact this incident will have on people in Hackney and I understand the community will want answers about what has happened this evening. We will share further information as our investigation progresses,” she said.

“Gun crime has no place on the streets of London and we will do all we can to bring whoever is responsible for this despicable crime to justice.”

A large section of road near Vine Close has been cordoned off by police

The MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Diane Abbott said: “This is clearly a terrible incident. My heart goes out to the victim and relatives.

“As the full detail cannot be known just yet, it is important that any witnesses come forward and help the police in their inquiries.”

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