Man shot dead at gathering in east London named as 28-year-old local

24 July 2022, 12:11 | Updated: 24 July 2022, 18:34

Sam Brown, 28, was shot in east London
Sam Brown, 28, was shot in east London. Picture: Metropolitan Police

By Will Taylor

A man who was shot dead at a large gathering in east London has been named as 28-year-old Sam Brown.

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Police rushed to Cheney Row Park in Waltham Forest at about 12.30am after receiving reports that shots had been fired.

Two men later turned up at hospital in east London.

Mr Brown, who lived in Waltham Forest and presented with critical gunshot injuries, died in hospital a short time later.

His family have been informed and will be supported by specialist officers, the Met said.

The other man, who is in his 30s, had stab wounds and was discharged.

He has been arrested in connection with the incident and taken into custody at a London police station.

The shooting took place at a big gathering in Cheney Row Park
The shooting took place at a big gathering in Cheney Row Park. Picture: Google Maps

Police said up to 100 people were at the park gathering and ask witnesses to think of the victim’s grieving family and come forward.

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Met Police Detective Chief Inspector Kelly Allen, who is leading the murder investigation, said: "My heart goes out to the family of Sam, who has lost his life in this reckless act of violence. I can assure them of my total dedication, and that of my team, to ensuring that they get justice.

"I believe there were 50 to 100 people gathered in and around Cheney Row Park at the time of the shooting with music playing. I urgently need to speak with everyone who was at that event – even if you do not believe you saw anything significant, you need to come forward and speak with officers.

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"There will have been footage and images captured at the event, and we need to see these. Please ensure that all such material is saved – we will provide a link for it to be uploaded shortly.

"To anyone considering whether or not to come forward to police, I ask you to put yourself in the position of the victim’s grieving mother and father this morning. They deserve answers.

"And whoever took a gun to a gathering like this does not deserve your protection, nor do they deserve to be free to inflict further harm on others. Please do the right thing and make contact today."

Anyone with information or any witnesses yet to speak with police are asked to call 101, quoting reference 267/24jul.

They can also call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you use.

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