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TOWIE stars pay tribute to man shot dead in hotel car park

Crime DeskBy Sunday World
Police at the scene of the shooting
Police at the scene of the shooting

Stars of The Only Way Is Essex have paid tribute to a man shot in the car park of a four-star hotel.

The victim, named in reports as Paul Simmons-Turner, 30, was ambushed by his killer outside the Marriott Hotel in Waltham Abbey, Essex, in a "targeted attack" on Tuesday morning.

He managed to flag down a passing couple in their car, who drove him to the nearby Volunteer pub at around 10am.

Mr Simmons-Turner was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.

Friends, including some of the Towie cast, have paid tribute to him online.

Model Jake Hall tweeted: "Can't stop thinking about my brother tonight! I miss you so much already the times we had was unforgettable".

He told the Mirror: "I have known him from when I was a young boy. It's just a bit of a shock."

Another Towie star, James Argent, 28, said: "I am really upset and I just want to keep it between family and friends."

Boxer Joe Selkirk wrote: "Feel sick! F*cking gutted!!" and he later posted: "RIP Simmo!" with a photograph of them together.

Detective Chief Inspector Marina Ericson said the murder was a "targeted attacked", and added: "The motive was directed towards the victim.

"The assailant appears to have been waiting for the victim in the car park at the Marriott Hotel.

"The victim was shot at and a chase ensued on foot during which the victim flagged down a vehicle belonging to a member of the public before being driven to the Volunteer pub.

"The suspect got back into a dark-coloured car being driven by an accomplice which made off."

The gunman remains on the run and no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.

Mr Simmons-Turner was allegedly wanted by police in connection with a serious assault in May.