Detectives investigating the murder of a 17-year old boy in Dagenham are appealing for information and witnesses.
An investigation was launched after police were called at 18:21hrs on Saturday, 12 November to reports of a fight outside a fast food restaurant on Church Elm Lane in Dagenham.
Officers attended and discovered a 16-year-old boy [victim 1] suffering from stab injuries. Officers provided first aid and he was taken by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) to an east London hospital where he remains in a stable condition.
Approximately seven minutes later, officers were called by the LAS to Wyhill Walk following reports of 17-year-old [victim 2] found suffering from stab injuries. He was taken to an east London hospital where he was pronounced dead at 03:25hrs.
Next of kin have been informed; formal identification is yet to take place.
A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place at Queen’s Hospital on Wednesday, 16 November.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, Homicide and Major Crime, said: “At this very early stage in the investigation we believe that there were two fights; the first in Church Street which resulted in a 17-year old boy suffering stab injuries from which he later died, and within minutes, further along Church Street, a second incident which resulted in a 16-year old boy being stabbed.
“After the 17-year old boy was stabbed, he managed to run further along Church Street and into Crown Street. He then collapsed in Wyhill Walk.
“The 16-year old boy also ran from Church Street after he was stabbed, and into to Church Elm Lane where he collapsed in a local shop.
“At this point in the enquiry I am keen to trace three black males seen in the Church Street area at the time of these two incidents. I would urge the public to get in contact if they witnessed the fight or saw or heard anything suspicious.
"This incident tool place at about 18:20hrs, on Saturday evening and the area would have been busy with people going about their business. I would like to hear from anyone who saw the three suspects either arriving or leaving the Church street area, and where they may have gone afterwards."
Anyone who has information that may assist officers is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3775 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.