Two men have died following gunfire on Railton Road, Brixton. Police were called to the incident after reports of gunshots at around 7.50pm on Sunday 30 October.
Armed police and ambulance crews discovered the two men injured and both were pronounced dead at the scene. Residents have claimed that 12 shots were fired between a car and moped, with roads in the residential area remaining closed and a crime scene cordon in place.
The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that no arrests have been made and have urged local residents who may have information to come forward.
What happened in Brixton shooting?
Two men have died following reports of gunshots on Railton Road in Brixton, in what locals have claimed was a shootout between gunmen in a moped and a car.
In a statement by the Met Police, they confirm officers were called to the incident after reports of gunshots at around 7.50pm on Sunday 30 October. Detectives believe that two cars were driving in the Railton Road area when one of the cars was involved in a collision with a moped before then colliding with parked vehicles.A man from the car involved in the collision got out of the vehicle and was pursued by a male, armed with a firearm, from the second car. The fleeing male was shot and he died at the scene and the rider of the moped died as a result of his injuries. The gunman returned to his car and left the scene.
Local resident Sebastian Morrison told MyLondon a car had also crashed. Morrison said: “I happened upon the scene while walking to the store, so I’m not a direct witness. I spoke with a few locals who saw and heard some of it.”
He added: “Shots were heard, and a policewoman on the scene informed me that it was a shooting. Locals heard 12 shots fired, and fire was exchanged between a pair on a moped and people in a car. At the scene, the car has crashed”.
Speaking to LondonWorld, resident Percy Albuquerque, who lives just outside the police cordon, said: “We were talking with one of our neighbours who lives on that road and she observed the paramedics who were trying to resuscitate [them].
“From what I can gather there were quite a few pedestrians at the time so it must have been really horrific. Some relatives of the victims were down here last night and were incredibly distressed - understandably.”
Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, Helen Hayes took to Twitter to give a statement following the incident. Hayes tweeted: “Horrified to hear two people have been murdered in a shooting on Railton Road. My thoughts are with their loved ones about to hear the worst possible news and all who witnessed this violence in our community.”
Has anyone been arrested?
At this stage of the investigation no arrests have been made, with police urging local residents to come forward if they saw anything suspicious.
The incident occurred just two days after two other men were shot dead in east London. Reported by LondonWorld, Saydi Abu Sheikh, 23-years-old, and Zakariya Jeilani Mohamed, 32-years-old, both from Ilford were fatally shot at a house in Henley Road on Tuesday 25 October, a third man, aged 30-years-old, was also taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
The two incidents are not thought to be connected.
What have the Metropolitan Police said?
In a statement, Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove of the Central South Command Unit, responsible for policing Lambeth and Southwark, said: “I am shocked and saddened by this incident. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the two young men who have tragically lost their lives. This incident will cause a great deal of concern throughout the local community and across London.
“We are supporting Specialist Crime detectives, who are working at pace to confirm the specific sequence of events and identify and arrest those responsible.
“Local officers are on the scene and patrolling the local area to speak to local residents, seek witnesses and provide visible reassurance. I would urge anyone with any information however small to come forward to help bring whoever is responsible to justice.”
Anyone with information has been asked to contact the police via 101 quoting reference CAD 6166/30Oct. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.