Kentish Town shooting: Man killed hours after man 'shot himself by accident' in Sydenham

9 September 2019, 08:28 | Updated: 11 September 2019, 10:21

By Asher McShane

Two people have been shot dead in separate gun attacks on the streets of London.

Police are investigating after a man apparently shot himself dead by accident in Sydenham after coming “to shoot someone else" on Sunday afternoon.

Police have also launched a murder investigation after a man was shot in a street in Kentish Town just after midnight today.

Scotland Yard said it responded to reports of suspicious activity in Sydenham Road at 3.45pm on Sunday, with firearms officers being summoned after shots were heard.

Police at the scene of the shooting in Sydenham
Police at the scene of the shooting in Sydenham. Picture: pa

The victim, in his twenties, died at the scene at 3.50pm, police said.

Forensic teams could be seen photographing the scene in nearby Venner Road, where the body was still lying three hours later.

A 56-year-old woman living on Venner Road said: "He came to shoot someone else, but he ended up shooting himself.

"The bullet bounced off a car window. You can see on the car window where the bullet bounced off it.

"After it happened, the boy he came to shoot stood there filming him."

She said she had been stuck inside the police cordon for three hours since the shooting.

"He's been there for three hours covered by a sheet. No mum, no dad. It's really sad," she said.

She said she had lived in Sydenham for 25 years and there had been very few incidents.

"It's a nice little area this. It's up and coming," she said.

Adam Cornish, 37, who lives close to the scene, said the area had been largely unaffected by rising levels of violence elsewhere in the capital.

Mr Cornish, who has a two-year-old daughter, said: "I've lived here for five-and-a-half years - you get a few idiots driving up and down too fast but nothing like this."

Wayne St John, who lives nearby with his wife and 22-year-old daughter, also said it was a very safe area.

But he added: "There was a burnt-out car a few days ago down by the traffic lights (on Sydenham Road). It was left there for about three days."

A shopkeeper on the high street also said he and his colleague had heard the victim had accidentally shot himself.

"A group of guys were sitting in a car by the [Lloyds] bank and a big guy came up to them with a shotgun.

"They all got out of the car and ran so the guy decided to damage the car with the back of the gun.

"As he was hitting the windows the gun went off and he shot himself - that's what we've been told."

The Metropolitan Police said no arrests have yet been made and that a police presence remained at the scene.

In response to the incident, Ellie Reeves, Labour MP for Lewisham West and Penge, tweeted: "Shocked and saddened to learn of the fatal shooting in Sydenham this afternoon.

"My thoughts are with the victim and their family. This violence has no place in our community."

Mayor of Lewisham Damien Egan said on Twitter: "Terrible news from Sydenham this afternoon and my heart goes out to this young man's family."

Police were given extra stop and search powers through a Section 60 order, running from 5pm on Sunday to 7am on Monday in seven local wards.

In a separate incident, a man was shot dead in Kentish Town last night. The victim, believed to be in his 20s, was found suffering a gunshot injury on Malden Road, NW5. He was pronounced dead just after midnight. There have been no arrests.

Anyone with any information about the shootings can call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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