Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was shot dead in Waltham Abbey this morning.
Officers were alerted just before 9.50am that a man had been seen with a gun and shots were being fired in the car park of the Marriott Hotel on Old Shire Lane.
Police attended and a man, believed to be in his 20s was found injured. The road remains closed at the junction of Honey Lane.
Ambulance paramedics treated the victim but he was sadly declared dead at the scene.
Armed officers have secured the location and detectives are currently speaking to witnesses to establish the exact circumstances of what has happened.
No-one has been arrested at this time and enquiries are on-going. Essex Police are also liaising with the Metropolitan Police and other surrounding police forces.
Chief Superintendent Luke Collison said: “Essex Police has mobilised a number of officers including armed units in response to this incident. At this time there is no evidence to suggest that there is any threat to the wider public or any link to terrorism. We will be constantly reassessing the information we receive as the investigation progresses to ensure that the safety of the public remains paramount.
“If anyone was at the hotel or in the area of Old Shire Lane area at the time of the shooting and has information of use to our enquiry I would urge them to contact us on 101.”