Essex

Waltham Abbey murder: Shooting outside Marriott Hotel 'was targeted'

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Image caption Flowers have been left outside the Volunteer pub in Waltham Abbey, where the victim died

A fatal shooting outside a hotel in Essex was a targeted attack on the victim, police have revealed.

A man believed to be in his 30s died after being shot outside the Marriott Hotel in Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey, at 09:45 GMT on Tuesday.

Det Ch Insp Marina Ericson said the gunman was "waiting for the victim in the car park" and shot him before chasing him on foot.

A ballistics expert has been brought in to examine the scene, the force said.

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The suspect was seen getting into a dark-coloured car being driven by an accomplice following the shooting, Det Ch Insp Ericson said.

No one has yet been arrested.

Image caption Roads around the scene of the shooting were closed for a number of hours for investigations

Police said a key witness was an "innocent member of the public" whose car was flagged down by the victim following the shooting.

The man was driven to the Volunteer pub, half a mile away from the hotel, where paramedics tried to save him before he died.

A post-mortem examination will be taking place on the victim's body later.

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