Shenfield Essex railway station shooting victim City trader

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Media captionThe car park at Shenfield station remains sealed off

A 44-year-old man was shot in the leg at a railway station in Essex by an unknown attacker who fled in a car.

The wounded man, City trader Robin Clark, was taken to hospital in Basildon following the early morning attack in Shenfield station car park.

The attacker, who was wearing a balaclava, escaped in a vehicle parked nearby, British Transport Police said.

Police believed it was a targeted attack and have attempted to reassure the public.

Mr Clark works for brokerage firm RP Martin in London.

A company spokesman said: "We are aware of this morning's incident and are giving Robin all the support we can.

"It would not be appropriate to comment any further at this stage."

Police are now searching for the gunman and are examining CCTV footage of the area around Shenfield.

"A report of man with leg injuries in the car park at the station was received by British Transport Police at 05:51 GMT.

"His injuries are currently not believed to be life-threatening," Det Sup Gary Richardson said.

"As he got out of the car he was approached by an unknown man and received a single gunshot to the leg.

"At this stage we believe the victim of this assault was deliberately targeted," he said.

An investigation is under way into the motive and police have appealed for information.

Train services are are now running normally at the station, but the car park is cordoned off.

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