Firearms of­fi­cers called out after shoot­ing injures man

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate in­ci­dent after vic­tim is treated at hos­pi­tal

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­

GANG crime of­fi­cers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a shoot­ing that left a 23-year-old man hos­pi­talised.

Po­lice and am­bu­lance crews were called to Cleave Av­enue at around 10.20pm on Mon­day, Jan­uary 19.

The vic­tim, who lives in Hayes, was taken to a cen­tral London hos­pi­tal, where he is be­ing treated for a sin­gle gun­shot wound.

His in­juries be­lieved to threat­en­ing.

Of­fi­cers from the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice Ser­vice’s Tri­dent Gang Crime Com­mand are in­ves­ti­gat­ing, but have made no ar­rests. Foren­sic teams are un­der­stood to have vis­ited the scene.

One res­i­dent, who wished to re­main un­named, said there was heavy po­lice ac­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing firearms of­fi­cers car­ry­ing ri­fles, on the night of the shoot­ing.

He said: “We be­came aware of a lot of blue flash­ing lights out­side. I looked out to see a po­lice van go­ing down the road and what I thought were two po­lice ve­hi­cles out­side [but] were in fact first re­spon­der paramedics.

“When I looked then to my right you could see there were about another three or four po­lice cars, too.

“There were firearms of­fi­cers there. They had ri­fles.”

He added: “It was all are not be life- quite dra­matic. When you are look­ing out the win­dow and see all th­ese guns you think maybe we were in dan­ger, but they weren’t telling any­one to stay away win­dows.”

A London Am­bu­lance spokes­woman said: “We were called just be­fore 10.20am on Jan­uary 19 to


the re­ports of an in­ci­dent on Cleave Av­enue. We sent a sin­gle re­spon­der in a car, an am­bu­lance crew, a duty of­fi­cer and the med­i­cal team from London’s air am­bu­lance in a car. One pa­tient was treated and taken to hos­pi­tal as a pri­or­ity, es­corted by the doc­tors from the air am­bu­lance.”

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