Essex

Waltham Abbey murder: Paul Simmons-Turner named as victim

Paul Simmons-Turner Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Paul Simmons-Turner was shot in the car park of a hotel before a gunman chased him on foot

A man who was shot dead outside a hotel in a targeted attack has been named.

Paul Simmons-Turner, 38, of east London, was fired at outside the Marriott Hotel in Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, on Tuesday.

A post-mortem examination revealed that Mr Simmons-Turner, a father of three, died from gunshot wounds.

Police said he had been wanted for questioning over an assault in Loughton, and that the gunman was waiting for him.

His family said he was loved and would be missed.

Mr Simmons-Turner was shot in the hotel car park before being chased on foot.

Det Ch Insp Marina Ericson said: "We continue to believe this was a targeted attack with the motive being directed towards the victim."

Police have said no link has been established between Mr Simmons-Turner's murder and the Loughton assault in May at this stage.

The suspect was seen getting into a dark-coloured car being driven by an accomplice following the shooting at about 09:45 GMT.

Image caption Roads around the scene of the shooting were closed for a number of hours on Tuesday for investigations
Image caption Flowers have been left outside the Volunteer pub in Waltham Abbey, where the victim died
Image caption Police searched the crime scene for evidence

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

Mr Simmons-Turner was driven to the Volunteer pub, half a mile away from the hotel, where paramedics tried to save him before he died.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex serious crime directorate are investigating the murder.

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