Tower Hamlets Appeals Police seek taxi driver who took shooting victim to Isle of Dogs
26 March 2012
Isle of Dogs, E14
Detectives investigating the shooting of German Gorbuntsov on 20 March are seeking the driver of a taxi which transported him to Byng Street shortly before the attack.
It is believed that the taxi, a Hackney carriage, picked up the victim, 45, in the area of Bishopsgate, EC2, at around 19.00hrs before dropping him off in Byng Street, E14, shortly before 19.30hrs.
Officers are now keen to speak with the driver as they may have been in the area when the shooting took place.
Police were called at approximately 19:30hrs to reports of the shooting.
A man was shot a number of times as he entered a block of flats by a suspect who is described as white, 6ft tall and of slim build. He was wearing a dark hooded top and seen running from Byng Street away from Westferry Road, towards Marsh Wall.
Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and the victim was taken to hospital. His condition is described as critical but stable.
Detectives from the Trident Gang Crime Command are investigating and are treating the shooting as attempted murder. They are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time or who may have information about the incident.
The shooting is not thought to be gang-related or linked to any other incidents in Tower Hamlets. Officers retain an open mind regarding the motive for the attack at this time.
Any witnesses or anyone with information can call the incident room on 020 8733 4212; if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
There has been no arrest at this time and enquiries continue.