EastEnders spoilers: Mel Owen struggles to cope after her son Hunter tried to murder Ben, Louise and Keanu

MEL Owen is going to struggle to cope next week on EastEnders after her son was killed by police after trying to murder three of their neighbours.

Evil Hunter Owen – who is played by actor Charlie Winter in the BBC soap – was killed by police after shooting Ben Mitchell and Keanu Taylor and trying to murder Louise.

And next week the toll of what her son has done will affect Mel more and more as she finds herself alone on the Square.

The teen killer shot Ben at the end of last night's episode causing his lungs to collapse in the middle fo the Queen Vic without medical attention.

Nurse Sonia Fowler managed to improvise with a knife and a biro to re inflate Ben's lung as his devastated dad Phil begged her to save him.

But he faced a horrifying choice when Hunter took Louise hostage and Phil had to choose between staying with a dying Ben and saving Louise.

Hunter dragged pregnant Louise outside with the gun to her bump to the assembled police and demanded to be given a way out.

The petulant would be killer said: "I'm done talking, let me through or I'll kill her – she's pregnant. Put your guns down or she dies."

However when Keanu saw what he was doing he charged at Hunter and found himself shot by the teenager.

Hunter then threw Louise to the ground and aimed the gun at her but before he could pull the trigger the police shot him dead in front of his mum Mel.

A screaming Louise shoved Hunter's body off her and ran to Keanu while Phil burst out of the Vic and screamed for an ambulance for Ben.

Meanwhile Mel walked over to her son's body and cradled him.

"It's OK, mummy's here, mummy's got you," she sobbed as the action-packed week of episodes came to an end.

Fans were in shock at the scenes with three shootings and an stomach-churning emergency surgery in the Vic.

One wrote: "I'm literally shaking #EastEnders"

A second said: "That was too tense I'm shaking #EastEnders"

Another added: "I've not been this invested in a episode since Christmas wtf is going on #eastenders"

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