Residents of Walthamstow said they heard ‘three loud bangs’ while one man claimed to have heard ‘six bans’ before sirens. Police confirmed a man was shot at the Overground station. A police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 10pm on Tuesday 31st July to St James St Station/High Street E17 to reports of a shooting. ‘Officers attended the location along with the London Ambulance Service to a 18-year-old male found at the scene suffering from gunshot wounds. ‘He has been taken to a London hospital for treatment, the extent of his injuries are currently unknown. ‘His next of kin have been informed. ‘
A police investigation has been launched led by Waltham Forest CID. ‘No arrests have been made at this stage.’ St James Street Station where a second man was shot in two weeks in Walthamstow London Overground announced there would be no service at the station because of the shooting The shooting comes just weeks after a man was shot in the leg at the same station. A 23-year-old man was rushed to hospital on July 13 after he was fired at. MP for the area Stella Creasy also confirmed the shooting to residents. The Labour MP is holding an emergency meeting on gang crime in the area tomorrow evening.
Dozens have been signed up to attend after the session was announced more than two weeks ago. Residents said they were fed up with the rising crime in the area being swept under the carpet – with some comparing the area to Compton in Los Angeles, an area famed for drugs and gang land shootings. One person said: ‘I’ve lived in Walthamstow for 4.5 years, 1.5 yrs down this end and regretting it! I lived in NYC for 3 years and never experienced anything like this. B/w the fights, stabbings and shootings in this area in the time I’ve been here, it’s ridiculous!’ Another mentioned the gentrification in the area, saying the spending and expensive flats are doing nothing to end crime. They said: ‘The fact is Walthamstow has long had issues of this nature. The difference now is that its swept under the carpet in favour of stories about being the borough of culture etc. Only so many artisan bread and coffee shops can cover it up for much longer. Sad times.’ According to Met Office figures, crime across the capital has surged by 6.4 percent in the year leading up to May 2018. If you have any information about this incident, call Waltham Forest police on 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.