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Nine-year-old girl fighting for life after Hackney restaurant shooting was ‘on half term holiday visiting family’ before being shot in the head by hitman on motorbike amid ‘turkish and Kurdish gang rivalry’


A nine-year-old girl left to fight for her life after a shooting in Hackney was visiting family on her half-term holiday when she was shot in the head by a hitman on a motorbike during a dispute between Turkish and Kurdish gangs. .

The child who was caught in a suspected gangland shooting while dining with his family in east London last Wednesday is said to be «getting better», according to a close family friend, and yesterday squeezed his father’s friend.

The girl is said to have moved to the UK about two years ago with her parents, both IT workers, and the family lives together in Birmingham.

Family members attended a service for her in India’s Kerala region yesterday – but the critical nature of her condition is being kept from her grandmother, with whom she has a close relationship.

The girl’s uncle told The Sun: “We told her it was a minor injury. We even keep her away from local TV channels that broadcast news. She had an emotional connection with the girl and they talked on the phone at least every other day.’

It is understood the family, who were visiting relatives over the half-term holiday, had no plans to eat at the Evin restaurant in Kingsland High Street, Dalston, just because the child suddenly felt hungry.

Police forensics officers at the scene of the shooting in Kingsland High Street, Hackney, East London,

Shocking CCTV footage shows the moment a hitman on a stolen motorbike attacked three men outside a Turkish restaurant

Shocking CCTV footage shows the moment a hitman on a stolen motorbike attacked three men outside a Turkish restaurant

A nine-year-old girl is fighting for her life.  The picture shows the crime scene on Thursday

A nine-year-old girl is fighting for her life. The picture shows the crime scene on Thursday

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The girl was shot dead in a Turkish restaurant just after 9:00 p.m. A gunman on a Ducati Monster stopped and started shooting at three men sitting outside who were believed to be his targets.

The men of Turkish origin, aged 37, 42 and 44, were injured and the girl was hit by a hail of bullets, one of which is said to have lodged in her head.

The Sunday Times reports that Turkish residents in the area said most people were too scared to speak because the area is overrun by gangs.

Many claimed the shooting was part of a rivalry between a Turkish and Kurdish gang, one from Hackney called the «Bombers» and the other the «Tottenham Turks».

Restaurant owner Gazi Degirmenci told the newspaper that the girl was ‘playing with her family’, adding: ‘She was really active, really happy.’

He continued: “(Other customers) tried to stop the bleeding and calm them down. Her parents were screaming, crying.’

Mr Degirmenci denied his business was the target of local speculation, claiming: “It was something between two gangs. The problem is not our community or our business. The main problem is with two groups of gangs.’

One of the injured men has been released from hospital and the other two are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Pictured: Forensic officers gather evidence at a crime scene in Dalston, East London

Pictured: Forensic officers gather evidence at a crime scene in Dalston, East London

The girl was shot dead in the Evin restaurant on Kingsland High Street shortly after 9pm on May 29

The girl was shot dead in the Evin restaurant on Kingsland High Street shortly after 9pm on May 29

Pictured: Emergency services at the scene in Dalston, east London

Pictured: Emergency services at the scene in Dalston, east London

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Pictured: Police man a cordon at the scene of a crime in Dalston, east London

Pictured: Police man a cordon at the scene of a crime in Dalston, east London

The girl has been on a ventilator since Wednesday.  Doctors performed one operation but were unable to remove the bullet, a family friend said

The girl has been on a ventilator since Wednesday. Doctors performed one operation but were unable to remove the bullet, a family friend said

The girl has been on a ventilator since Wednesday. Doctors performed one operation but were unable to remove the bullet, a family friend said.

But he added that on Friday doctors began tapering off her sedation to see how she responded and yesterday her family were delighted when she shook her father’s hand.

A friend said: ‘He’s on a ventilator but he’s responding to some things, which is good. When they (her parents) say something, she responds like she moves a finger.

“Her father spoke to her this morning and she answered and squeezed his hand and squeezed it. He said doctors will remove the bullet in another operation, but that could take several days.

A friend who is on the phone regularly with the girl’s father said her parents were much more optimistic. He said, ‘The doctors say it will be fine.’

The motorbike, with red wheels and registration number DP21 OXY, was stolen three years ago from a property in Wembley, north London.

Police have appealed to London’s Turkish and Kurdish communities for information about the attack.

A Met Police spokesman said: «We are keeping an open mind as to any motive.»



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