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Innocent woman, 32, gunned down in crossfire as gang filming a music video are ambushed by rival thugs on London street

A GANG involved in a mass brawl with rival thugs in which an innocent bystander was shot were making a music video, police say.

The 32-year-old woman was blasted in the chest on Westgate Street, Hackney, about 9pm on Sunday night.

Detective Inspector Matt Webb said around ten people were on Broadway Market – which meets Westgate Road - about ten minutes before the incident.

“It appears the group were being filmed for the purposes of a music video, with professional looking camera equipment,” he said.

“It then appears that the group have become involved in an altercation with another group of people who arrived at the scene.

"During this incident one of the groups produced and discharged a firearm - both groups then fled the scene.

“The victim was an innocent bystander and left seriously injured in the street.”

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DI Webb once again appealed to the public for information.

“Police must work with communities to catch criminals and this incident is an example of how important that is right now," he said.

"Someone knows who did this; I say to those people, please do not help violent criminals by remaining silent."

Witnesses said they believe the victim had been outside a pub she was mistakenly shot. 

A group of men had gathered outside the London Fields Express grocery store when the violence erupted and "two or three" shots are said to have been fired. 

Shop owner Hidir Aslan told The Sun Online: “She was totally innocent.

"She was in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Witnesses described their horror as paramedics performed CPR on the victim as crews battled to save her life for around an hour outside the shop. 

Amir Shafique, 24, said: “There was a lot of blood and it looked like she’d been shot in the chest up towards her shoulder. 

"It was awful."

Residents living nearby said a gang had gathered outside the shop before the shooting and appeared to be "looking for a fight".

One man, who asked not to be named, said: “I was in the shop about five minutes before and there was about a dozen of them outside acting very aggressive. 

“They were asking me as I went in ‘who are you?’, ‘what’s your name?’ and acting like they were looking for someone. 

“To be fair the guys at the shop were trying to move them on but they were ignoring them. About five minutes later I heard the shots.”

Met Police commissioner Dame Cressida Dick visited the scene of the shooting this evening.

Dame Cressida is said to have been ''very moved'' by details of the appalling shooting of the innocent victim.

The woman who was shot is understood to come from outside of London.

She is said to have been walking by when she was hit by a stray bullet fired in the shooting.

The attack came just hours after two men were stabbed to death - one in Kensal Green and another in Brixton - in separate attacks on Sunday.

Michelle Williams, 43, who lives nearby, said: “It sounded like fireworks there was two or three pops and I heard shouting afterwards.

“You do get groups gathering on that road but I presumed it was fireworks and a bit of noise, to find out what happened is really shocking.”

Cops administered CPR to the woman before ambulance crews arrived at the scene.

She was then rushed to an East London hospital where she remains in a life-threatening condition.

A large cordon around Westgate Street and Broadway Market remains in place and forensics officers could be seen combing the scene today.

Met Police commissioner Dame Cressida Dick visited the scene of the shooting late on Monday afternoon - said to have been "very moved" by the details of the attack.

The victim who was shot is understood to come from outside of London.

No arrests have yet been made. 

Trident detectives from Specialist Crime North are investigating.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call the incident room number on 0207 230 9737 quoting either Op Halifaxa or CAD 6587/22NOV20.

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