A nine-year-old girl was in a critical condition on Thursday, police in London said, after a shooting the previous night at a restaurant in the east of the capital.

Three men were also shot in the attack, which took place around 9:00 pm (2000 GMT) on Wednesday when a gunman fired at diners from a motorbike.

Shootings are relatively rare in the UK, which has some of the strictest gun laws in the world.

The girl — who police have described as an “innocent victim” — was having dinner inside the restaurant with her family when the attack took place.

The three wounded men aged 26, 37 and 42 were sitting outside the restaurant in Hackney, in the east of the capital.

The condition of the men is stable, but one potentially faces life changing injuries, police said.

May 30, 2024

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