London‘s spiralling murder toll rose further this morning when a man in his 20s was shot dead in the north of the capital.
The victim, who has not been named, was gunned down in Malden Road, Kentish Town shortly after midnight and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The attack is the second shooting in London in less than 24 hours and is thought to be the 103rd killing in the capital this year.
The shooting unfolded in this street after midnight last night. The man died at the scene
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Police were called by the London Ambulance Service shortly before midnight on Sunday, 8 September to reports of a shooting on Malden Road, NW5.
‘Officers, including firearms officers, and London’s Air Ambulance attended. His next of kin are yet to be informed. Formal identification has not yet taken place.
‘At this early stage, there have been no arrests and enquiries continue.’
The shooting comes after another man died of gunshot wounds in south-east London yesterday afternoon.
However, in that case, witnesses have suggested the man may have accidentally shot himself after a bullet ricocheted off a car windscreen in Lewisham.
Local residents claim a man dressed all in black and wearing a balaclava, who was at the scene of the Lewisham death yelled: ‘He’s shot himself – he’s f***ing shot himself’, as he leaned over the body.
Today’s killing is understood to be the 103rd murder probe launched by the Met Police in 2019. It comes less than a week after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Stratford, east London.
Following last night’s attack, a police spokesman said: ‘Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference Cad 8502/08Sep.
‘If you have information about this incident, or information about someone you suspect to be carrying a weapon and you do not want to speak to police, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website crimestoppers-uk.org. It is 100 per cent anonymous. They never ask your name and cannot trace your call or IP address.’