Girl, 9, shot at Hackney restaurant still critical - as police probe link with Turkish-origin crime gangs

A girl is still fighting for her life in a critical condition a week after she was shot at a London restaurant, police say.

The nine-year-old was inside eating dinner with her family when she was shot by a lone attacker on a motorbike.

Three men sat outside, aged 37, 42 and 44, were also shot but have since left hospital.

Detectives say they are looking at a potential link with Turkish "organised criminal networks" and have again pleaded for information from the Turkish and Kurdish communities.

The shooting happened at Evin, a restaurant on Kingsland High Street in Hackney, at 9.20pm last Wednesday.

"We will always be directed by the evidence and a critical line of enquiry has been the potential link to Turkish-originating organised criminal networks," said Detective Chief Superintendent James Conway.

"Sadly, a nine-year-old girl who was simply having dinner with her family is now in a hospital bed fighting for her life."

He urged anyone who may know the attacker's identity "to search your heart to understand if your loyalty to friends or associates extends to covering up for an innocent child being shot".

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The motorbike used in the attack was a Ducati Monster with a white body, red chassis and red wheels, with the registration DP21 OXY

It was found nearby, but was reported stolen from Wembley in 2021.

Armed officers and police from the Met's Turkish Police Association remain on patrol in the Hackney area to "provide reassurance and a visible presence".