The following was received today from the Police for wider distribution:
Last night there were 4 separate incidents involving firearms on Ealing Borough.
I would like the following information to be passed out to our local communities, Councillors, partners and interested parties.
Firearms incidents on the Borough are not common and this is a very unusual number of events in a short space of time.
The details of the incidents;
1. 17.00 – Walpole Ward W13 – A loaded shotgun was recovered by police following information that a weapon was hidden at a particular location.
2. 21.12 – Elthorne Ward W13 – a shotgun was fired at the exterior of a house
3. 23.10 – Acton Central Ward W3 – A 16 year old male was shot in the lower leg. He is currently in hospital and his condition is ‘stable’ although his injuries may be life changing.
4. 23.26 – Cleveland Ward W13 – a shotgun was fired at the exterior of a house
All of these are being treated as separate incidents at this time and there is no reason or evidence to link them.
Specialist units from the firearms command have been called in to look and investigate all of the incidents.
We will be releasing more information as we have it and as the investigations unfold. At this time there is no known motive or reasons for any of these incidents.
Chief Inspector Partnerships