West Norwood shooting leaves boy, 15, dead as two men arrested for murder

A TEENAGE boy was shot dead in broad daylight yesterday in yet another blood-soaked day in Lawless London.

Eyewitnesses said the 15-year-old was ‘running for his life’ as he was gunned down outside the front door of a flat in West Norwood on Wednesday afternoon.

Police at the scene of the murder yesterday afternoon in South London
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The body of a 15-year-old boy shot dead in West Norwood being removed from the building
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Forensic investigators arrive at the crime scene
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A forensic investigator at the flat where the boy was shot dead
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The incident took place in West Norwood, South London

The schoolboy’s death is the 30th murder in the capital so far this year – with neighbours saying ‘crime is out of control’.

Just minutes earlier, ten miles away in Cheam, Sutton, a man in his 30s was stabbed in the head.

And police were caught in a seven-hour stand-off with a man in leafy Kensington yesterday afternoon after a man reportedly made threats with a gun.

It’s a tragedy. This is horrific. Crime is out of control in London

An anonymous neighbour

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the teen was shot in Friar Mews, West Norwood, just after 4pm.

The boy was found fighting for his life and medics battled to save him but he was pronounced dead just over half an hour later at around 4.45pm.

Police have informed his next of kin.

A formal identification of the victim is yet to be made and a post-mortem examination will be scheduled.

A large police cordon is in place around a three-storey block of flats.


Officers focused their forensic search on a silver car, which was just inside the police tape.

Several detectives were on the scene, along with several cars and vans.

Dozens of stunned residents stood outside the block of flats and watched.

A body was removed from the building.


One man, who did not want to be named, said: “It appears he’s been shot right outside a front door on the top floor of the flat.

“Forensic officers have been taking photographs of that area.

“They are taking photographs of the floor outside the front door.

“Forensic officers have been spending a lot of time looking inside a car which is inside the cordon. This is horrific. I live in a house just yards away.

“It’s a tragedy. This is horrific. Crime is out of control in London.

“People are saying he was running away when the shooting happened. He must have been running for his life. I can’t take this anymore.

“We’ve heard people inside the block tried to resuscitate the man and save him.

“They tried their best but couldn’t.”

What is happening in London? That’s just above our family home

Assie KamaraMother and local resident

Assie Kamara, 44, lives in a flat below the floor where the shooting took place and said her husband heard the shot being fired.

The mum-of-two said her girls, aged six and eight, had gone into the flat just minutes before the shooting took place with her husband.

The nurse said: “My two children went in with my husband just before it happened. Had it been a few minutes different they might have seen the gunman.

“That’s absolutely terrifying to think. We’re not safe. They were so close to it.

“My husband was in the house and said he heard the shot being fired. He said it was a huge bang and came from upstairs.

“There are other children in the block. It’s heartbreaking.

“What is happening in London? That’s just above our family home.”


The boy was the second person shot dead in London this year, as the city’s death toll rose to 30.

Scotland Yard said: “Detectives are investigating following the fatal shooting of a male in Lambeth.

“Two males have been arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to south London police stations for questioning.”

An investigation into the murder will be led by the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who have been informed.

Police were given extra powers to stop and search people in the area.

Mo Seedat, Lambeth Council’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “We are appalled by the level of violence on our streets and are committed to working with communities to tackle the root causes of violence against our young people.”


Earlier this evening armed police surrounded a house just yards from Kensington Palace where a man in his 30s threatened police with a gun when they tried to arrest him.

Officers closed off Kensington Church Street and evacuated pedestrians from the area following the incident which began at around 3.40pm.

The drama was resolved peacefully by a police negotiator.


This is the 30th murder to have been committed in the capital so far this year.

Last week a university student was shot and stabbed to death in an “unprovoked” attack in north London and was the eighth person in a week to be killed in the capital.

Russell Jones, 23, died after being ambushed outside shops near Ponders End station in Enfield on Saturday March 23.

On Tuesday night, six people, including four teenagers, were stabbed in yet another night of bloodshed in London.

One boy was slashed in the face metres from a North London police station while another was knifed multiple times with “massive blades” in front of terrified children.


Victims were stabbed in Blackheath, South East London, Barking, East London, Hounslow, West London, and Tooting, South West London, and Tottenham in North London on Tuesday, the Metropolitan Police said.

On March 1 17-year-old Jodie Chesney was stabbed to death in a random attack.

A boy, also 17, has been since been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

Violent crime is at an all time high in the UK’s capital, and Met Police are calling for politicians to find a solution.

Commissioner Cressida Dick told the Commons Home Affairs Committee the past few years had been “deeply worrying” with more younger people involved and more knives on our streets.

She added: “The last couple of years undoubtedly have been the highest and most worrying levels in my service. If you look at stabbings of young people, I do think this is a new and tragic and worrying phenomenon. It is my number one priority.”

There were 44 violent deaths in London by March 26 in 2018 compared with 29 killings this year – a figure which has grown to 30 this evening.

West Norwood News tweeted this photo of the crime scene
The crime scene is still cordoned off
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A 15-year-old boy has been shot dead in West Norwood, South London
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The boy was shot in a flat on Hainthorpe Estate, West Norwood
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Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder following a fatal shooting in West Norwood, London
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Police attended an address in Vicarage Gardens, Kensington in relation to an arrest enquiry
© 2019 Peter Manning

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