A post mortem examination will be carried out today on a teenage boy who was shot dead after two balaclava-clad gunmen opened fire on a group of four young friends.
The 16-year-old victim, named locally as Samuel Adelagun, was killed in the early hours of yesterday morning on Chesterton Road, Plaistow, east London.
A second boy, 15, was also shot and is in a stable condition in hospital.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the group aged 15 and 16 were attacked from behind by the gunmen at around 3.20am.
Samuel was shot in the upper left chest, while the 15-year-old was blasted in the abdomen.
No arrests have yet been made. Next of kin have been informed.
The only description of the gunmen is that they were dressed in black and wearing balaclavas. It is not known if they travelled in a vehicle or were on foot.
The group of friends ran away during the attack before meeting back on Chesterton Road where they called the police. Approximately four shots were fired.
Detectives from the Met’s Trident unit, which tackles gun related crime within the black community, are investigating the death.
Det Ch Insp John Mackenzie said both victims were known to the police and one of the lines of inquiry was that the incident was gang related.