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This is the moment an innocent woman was gunned down after getting caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting between ‘rival gangs’.

CCTV obtained by shows the victim slumped onto the pavement after being shot in the leg by a stray bullet yesterday evening in Stamford Hill, north London. 

The shocking incident happened at around 7.40pm as families with young children walked along Reizel Close, however CCTV shows it was 6.40pm due to the system not updating when the clocks went forward.

Footage reveals how occupants of two cars – one of which appears to not have a number plate – shot at each other while stuck in traffic on the busy street, before speeding off.

The 38-year-old victim – who was not the intended target – had been walking along the street with two others when she was shot before collapsing on the pavement as shocked bystanders run to her aid.

She was rushed to a major trauma centre in east London where her injuries were assessed as non-life threatening.

Giving an update on Wednesday afternoon, police said there was no indication that the shooting was ‘hate related’ and it is ‘not directly connected with our Jewish communities or international events’. 

This is the moment an innocent woman was gunned down in a north London street in front of terrified children when she was caught in the crossfire between two rival gangs

This is the moment an innocent woman was gunned down in a north London street in front of terrified children when she was caught in the crossfire between two rival gangs

The woman can be seen walking along the pavement in Reizel Close, Stamford Hill last night

The woman can be seen walking along the pavement in Reizel Close, Stamford Hill last night

She then slumps onto the pavement after being hit in the leg by a bullet yesterday evening on a busy north London street

She then slumps onto the pavement after being hit in the leg by a bullet yesterday evening on a busy north London street

Police were still present at the scene of the attack on Wednesday morning, with a large cordon in place. Three green paramedic bags were still on the pavement near to where the woman had been treated.

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Officers confirmed the victim was not the intended target. 

A witness, who does not want to be named for fear of reprisals, told : ‘You could see that she bent down and then she is lying on the floor.

‘The two people in front of her did not know what to do they were going back and forth. It happened very quickly,’ they said.

A neighbour from a residential block overlooking Reizel Close said his wife heard ‘two cracks’ as horror incident unfolded.

The 52-year-old said: ‘My wife heard two cracks and thought at first it was fireworks. Then we found out a woman had been shot, which is shocking because we had a daughter out at the time.’

Another witness Sayed Popal, 29, heard two bangs when he was bringing in the fruit and vegetables at his nearby corner shop before shutting up.

He said: I heard two shots then I saw a woman on the ground and people shouting and trying to help her. There was a big group.

‘She looked in a bad way her head was on the pavement. The police and ambulance arrived very quickly.’

Emergency services arrived around four minutes after the victim hit the ground, according to footage.

Armed police descended on the neighbourhood last night to hunt for the gunman, who still remains at large.

Emergency crews including the air ambulance scrambled to join officers at the scene last night as she was rushed to hospital.

Last night, a source at the scene told two cars were aiming guns at each other at the time of the shooting, and the woman was an ‘innocent bystander’ caught in the crossfire.

It is not known how many shots were fired or whether they came from two cars or just one and the Met have said they are trying to ‘establish the circumstance of this incident’.

The witness added that one of the cars sped off in the direction of Clapton Common, a park half a mile away from the scene, where two more shots were reportedly heard.

Locals are said to be in a state of shock with one saying they heard the shooting was a result of a fight as there was ‘some bad blood going on’.

Three first aid medical bags remain on the pavement on the morning after the shooting last night

Three first aid medical bags remain on the pavement on the morning after the shooting last night 

A police cordon is still in place in Reizel Close, in Stamford Hill

A police cordon is still in place in Reizel Close, in Stamford Hill 

Police officers stand guard at a cordon on Wednesday morning. The woman had been walking with two other people when she suddenly began to stagger over

Police officers stand guard at a cordon on Wednesday morning. The woman had been walking with two other people when she suddenly began to stagger over

Armed officers swarmed on a north London neighbourhood last night after a woman in her 30s was shot in the leg

Armed officers swarmed on a north London neighbourhood last night after a woman in her 30s was shot in the leg

Emergency crews including the air ambulance descended on Stamford Hill just after 7.30pm last night when the woman was gunned down near a busy main road

Emergency crews including the air ambulance descended on Stamford Hill just after 7.30pm last night when the woman was gunned down near a busy main road

The Met Police said it has made no arrests in connection with the incident as detectives continue to hunt for the shooter

The Met Police said it has made no arrests in connection with the incident as detectives continue to hunt for the shooter

Armed police descended on the Stamford Hill neighbourhood just after 7.30pm to hunt for the gunman after the woman in her 30s was shot in the leg

Armed police descended on the Stamford Hill neighbourhood just after 7.30pm to hunt for the gunman after the woman in her 30s was shot in the leg

Social media videos showed dozens of onlookers watching as the authorities descended onto the scene last night.

One woman on the scene, whose flat overlooks the police cordon, says she was told ‘go back inside’ last night – amid fears the shooters could return.

The local, who did not want to be named, said: ‘I heard a lot of noise last night so I came out into my front garden.

‘But the police told me to go back inside in case the shooter or shooters were still around.

‘I usually feel safe around here so I’m quite shocked. But I guess you just don’t know what will happen anymore.

Another local resident said he’d heard the shooting had happened as a result of a ‘fight’. I heard it was a fight – that there was some bad blood going on,’ he said.

People gather round a police cordon at Stamford Hill in north London following a shooting

People gather round a police cordon at Stamford Hill in north London following a shooting

The woman was treated at the scene before being taken to a major trauma centre in east London. Her current condition is described as 'non-life threatening'

The woman was treated at the scene before being taken to a major trauma centre in east London. Her current condition is described as ‘non-life threatening’

Officers had closed off Stamford Hill in both directions between Clapton Common and Manor Road

Officers had closed off Stamford Hill in both directions between Clapton Common and Manor Road 

The Met Police said no arrests have been in connection with the incident as detectives continue to hunt for the shooter.

Officers closed off Stamford Hill in both directions between Clapton Common and Manor Road following the incident.

A Met police spokesperson said: ‘Police were called at about 19:40hrs on Tuesday May 14 to reports of a shooting near Reizel Close, Stamford Hill.

‘Officers, including specialist firearms officers, and London Ambulance Service attended.

‘A woman in her 30s was found with a gunshot injury to her leg. She was taken to an east London hospital. Her condition was later assessed as not life-threatening.

‘Offices are working to establish the circumstance of this incident. No arrests have been made at this time.’

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