Don’t respond to speculation on social media about last night’s shooting in Tilbury.
That’s the message from Essex Police – after a 19 year old man was shot in the stomach in the Raphael Avenue – Sullivan Road area shortly before 7-15 – he was taken to Basildon Hospital.
However a police statement has said – contrary to reports – there was never a gunman at the hospital.
It goes on to reiterate that false information can hinder investigations – and people should stick to the facts.
An appeal for witnesses is ongoing – in particular anyone who saw a black Mazda 3 in the area.
The police have added this afternoon that anyone who sees the car shouldn’t approach it – but should call them immediately.