‘Sweet old lady’ shot on doorstep by gunman armed with assault rifle

A “sweet old lady” was shot on her doorstep by a gunman armed with an assault rifle.

Two men on motorcycles pulled up at the woman’s home in Brockley, South East London, and sprayed bullets some of which hit her in the back.

Eyewitnesses witnessed the horrifying attack, but say the woman was not the intended victim.

Neighbours were astonished after the “sweet old lady” was hit in the back during the during the drive by shooting.

MyLondon reports she is in a “non-life threatening condition in hospital after the attack on Friday”.

Those who saw the shooting and live in the area have claimed the lady wasn’t the intended target of the shooters.

Police were called to the scene at 8.10pmand discovered the woman with suspected firearm wounds.

A man who claims to have seen the shooting said two men on motorbikes approached the Lewisham property and then shot “5 or 6 bullets”, hitting the woman twice in the back.

The witness said: “I was on my phone outside and saw two men on motorbikes coming down the path and they stopped in front of the house and started shooting.

“They stopped at the door of the house and started shooting a lot of bullets – about 5 or 6.

“It looked like a machine gun. I thought, ‘wow that’s a big gun’. It’s crazy.”

Residents are reeling following the shooting of the woman, who neighbours describe as a “pillar of the community”.

The injured woman was praised as being an “aunty” figure for those living in the area.

One of the woman’s friends said: “She’s my neighbour, I was talking to her yesterday.

“I saw her message on Facebook, she’s in hospital, she doesn’t know when she’ll be released, she got shot twice in the back in her left side

“Her house, a lot of people hang around there so I don’t think she’s the intended target because nobody would shoot a sweet old lady.

“There’s always a lot of boys there, whoever did it saw someone outside their house and unfortunately she got shot.”

The shooting has scared many in the area with the woman’s neighbour imagining that it “could be me” or “one of my sons”.

On top of the recent shooting locals there has been a spate of violence in the area with a shooting and stabbing in the last few weeks.

The stabbing occurred in the same area while the shooting happened near Brockley Sation in May.

The injured lady’s neighbour added: “I could have been there with my son walking past there and got hit in the crossfire.

“When it’s on your doorstep it hits home. I heard they came on a bike, saw the people, drove off and came back. Unfortunately she was in the crossfire.

“She’s like an aunty to everyone, everyone just goes there [to her house].”

No arrests have been made yet and police enquiries are ongoing.

A Met Police spokesperson said: “Police were called to Coston Walk, SE4, at 8.10pm, on Friday, July 15, to reports of a shooting.

“Officers attended along with paramedics from London Ambulance Service (LAS). T

“The air ambulance was also called to the scene. A woman in her 50s was found with wounds to her back, believed to be caused by a firearm.

“She was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital. Her injuries have been assessed as not life threatening.

“A crime scene is in place. There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.”