Suspect arrested in hunt for ‘masked gunman’ who entered East London mosque and opened fire 'after being forced out by brave worshippers'

Suspect arrested in hunt for ‘masked gunman’ who entered East London mosque and opened fire 'after being forced out by brave worshippers'

COPS have arrested a man in the hunt for a "masked gunman" who entered an East London mosque and opened fire after being forced out by brave worshippers.

A 28-year-old man was arrested today after a suspect fled from cops at Seven Kings Mosque on May 9.

He has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, possession of a firearm, possession with intent to supply and assaulting a police officer.

A Metropolitan Police statement said: "Police were called at 22:45hrs on Thursday, 9 May to reports that a man, believed to be in possession of a firearm, had entered a mosque on High Road in Seven Kings.

"The man was ushered outside of the building by those inside. A gunshot was then heard.

"Officers, including firearms officers, attended. There were no reported injuries and no damage to the building.

"Ballistic evidence recovered from the scene suggested that the weapon was a blank firing handgun.

"Initial enquiries indicated that the incident may have stemmed from an earlier altercation in the street close to the mosque."

Eye-witnesses said brave worshippers stopped the gunman from getting back inside before a shot was fired.

Abu Chowdhury, 28, told The Mirror: "I was inches away from where [the gunman] was.

GUNSHOT HEARD

"People were saying 'get away, take your mask off'.

"About three to four people stormed inside the mosque.

"I could hear one man saying 'he's got a gun, he's got a gun'.

"The guy said 'he's got a gun' and then the shot was fired.

"He was inside the mosque when the shot was fired."

Mufti Suhail, imam of the Seven Kings Mosque, said at the time: "There was a firearm incident outside Seven Kings Mosque tonight during the Ramadam night prayers.

"The suspect ran from the scene when stopped by brothers standing guard at the mosque. A shot was fired which fortunately did not hit anyone.

"There is a full police presence outside the mosque and we would like to reassure the community the police have sealed the area and there were no injuries."

Worshipper Wasim Mahmood said he was in the mosque at the time the shot was fired.

He wrote on Twitter: "During Taraweeh a guy entered the mosque with a gun

"Whilst praying I heard the sound of a loud bang.

"He was chased out by management."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: "I am in close contact with the Met Police Commissioner about this incident at Seven Kings Mosque, and relieved to hear that nobody was injured. Everyone should be free to practice their faith free from danger and fear.

"An increased police presence remains on the scene."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Trident Specialist Crime on 101 quoting reference 8585/9May, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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