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Police have said the shooting of a teenager as he sat in a car with his brothers was a case of mistaken identity.

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Joseph Burke-Monerville, 19, and his twin brother were in the back of the parked vehicle in Hindrey Road, Clapton, when three shots were fired into it on Saturday at around 8.20pm.

Mr Burke-Monerville died in hospital at 11.10pm from a gunshot wound to the head.

His 22-year-old brother, who was in the front seat, was also shot and remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Mr Burke-Monerville’s twin brother escaped unharmed.

Det Sup Gordon Allison of Operation Trident, the Met Police’s unit which tackles gang-related crime, said: “As far as we’re concerned, this looks like a tragic case of mistaken identity.

“They have parked just opposite a shop – we believe they were going to go into the shop and make a couple of purchases and then they were going to go home.

“They have been approached by the two suspects, a short conversation has taken place and as a result of that, three shots were fired into the vehicle, resulting in the fatal injury of the victim.”

No arrests have been made, but two suspects, one black and one light-skinned, possibly Asian or Turkish, were seen running from the scene.

Friends have paid tribute to Mr Burke-Manerville on a Facebook page set up in his memory.

One said: “I still don’t understand how this is possible. We love you and will miss you dearly.”

Anyone with information call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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