Gangland Hitman Murdered Three 'Over [Pounds Sterling]600 Drugs Debt'; Murder Scene: Mourners Lay Flowers near the House, above on the Right, in Bishop's Stortford Where the Three Were Shot. Left: A Car Is Taken Away for Analysis

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THE three men who died in a gangland killing may have been murdered overa drugs debt of just [pounds sterling]600.

Detectives believe the killing in a suburban home in Bishop's Stortford wascarried out by professional hitmen who fired up to 10 shots.

The victims are believed to have been shot in the head in separate rooms andpolice are examining the possibility the assassins used an automatic weaponfitted with a silencer.

A three-year-old girl called Angel who survived the attacks is expected to beinterviewed by specially trained police officers today.

The victims included taxi driver Keith Cowell, 52, his son Matthew, 17, and anunnamed 33-year-old man said to be an Essex underworld figure with links toDagenham.

They were gunned down in their home in a quiet cul-de-sac on Tuesday evening inwhat police sources have described as a "drugs feud".

Two women who were injured in the attackMr Cowell's 54-year-old sister and Angel's mother Clare, 23, who was Matthew'sgirlfriend are in hospital under armed police guard.

Mr Cowell's sister is believed to have been shot in the foot while Matthew'sgirlfriend was stabbed while she was trying to shield her daughter.

Mr Cowell's wife Nicole escaped death by minutes, having just left for workwhen the assassins arrived.

The gunmen are believed to have spent up to 15 minutes in the house beforepolice received a 999 call from a distraught caller at 9.45pm. Police said theywere hunting two young Asian men in their late teens or twenties who were seenfleeing in a small red car towards the M11. …


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