Waltham Abbey hotel attack: Paul Simmons-Turner shot through tongue

Paul Simmons-Turner Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Paul Simmons-Turner was shot in the car park of the Marriott Hotel in Waltham Abbey, Essex, last December

A man who died after being ambushed outside a hotel was shot through the tongue before being chased and shot in the chest, an inquest heard.

Paul Simmons-Turner, 38, was targeted outside the Mariott Hotel in Waltham Abbey, Essex, last December.

The inquest heard he was shot through the lip and tongue before getting in a passing car and asking for help.

No arrests have been made in connection with his death, which is being treated as murder.

Mr Simmons-Turner, from east London, was pronounced dead in the car park of The Volunteer pub, about a mile from the hotel where he had spent the previous night with his girlfriend.

Police said he was driven to the pub car park by a father and his disabled daughter after jumping into their car and asking to be taken to a hospital, but the suspect's car cut in front of them and Mr Simmons-Turner was shot a second time in the chest.

A post-mortem examination found he died from gunshot wounds.

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Image caption The pub car park where Mr Simmons-Turner died was about a mile away from where he was shot the first time
Image caption Flowers were left outside the Volunteer pub in Waltham Abbey

Essex Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

Det Sgt Michelle Stoten said police had a "number of working hypotheses" and the investigation was "current and active".

Image caption The first, non-fatal shooting happened in the car park of the Marriott hotel

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