Londoner shot in front of his fam­ily

Manchester Evening News - - NATIONAL -

A MAN shot dead on Christ­mas Eve was killed in front of his fam­ily as they re­turned home from a night out, po­lice have said.

Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice de­tec­tives are con­tin­u­ing to ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion af­ter the 36-year-old was fa­tally shot close to his home in Bat­tersea, south-west Lon­don.

Po­lice were called to re­ports of shots be­ing fired in Bat­tersea Church Road at about 9pm and found a man with gun­shot wounds.

He was pro­nounced dead at the scene, Scot­land Yard said.

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Jamie Steven­son said: “Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion is in the very early stages and we are still work­ing to es­tab­lish what the mo­tive could be that has led to a man los­ing his life in such a hor­rific way, on Christ­mas Eve, in front of his fam­ily.

“They have been dev­as­tated by this hor­ri­ble event and are be­ing sup­ported by spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers.

“We know that the vic­tim was re­turn­ing home with his wife and young child fol­low­ing an evening out, when he was shot just yards from his home.

“The as­sailant then fled on foot in the di­rec­tion of Bat­tersea Bridge Road.”

The death is the 142nd homi­cide iden­ti­fied by the PA news agency in Lon­don in 2019, the high­est num­ber in a cal­en­dar year since 2008.

Last year, there were 141 po­lice-recorded homi­cides in the cap­i­tal, ac­cord­ing to Home Of­fice sta­tis­tics.

Mr Steven­son urged any­one who saw some­one flee­ing the scene or loi­ter­ing in the area be­fore the at­tack to con­tact the po­lice.

Scot­land Yard said no ar­rests have been made, with for­mal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and a post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion still to take place.

Neigh­bours liv­ing near the scene of the shoot­ing had de­scribed hear­ing mul­ti­ple gun­shots fol­lowed by a wo­man scream­ing “des­per­ately” for help.

Vit­to­ria Amati, 60, said she heard be­tween “eight to 10” gun­shots fired in quick suc­ces­sion.

Mrs Amati told the PA news agency: “I then heard the screams of the wife. I came out and re­alised it was one of my neigh­bours.

“He was ly­ing in front of his door­way in a pool of blood. He was still alive. We were re­ally hop­ing he would make it.

“You have no idea how des­per­ate she (his wife) sounded.”

Mrs Amati said a young wo­man who iden­ti­fied her­self as a nurse helped the vic­tim and ap­plied pres­sure to his wounds.

A 24-year-old man, who also lives nearby and did not want to be named, said at one point there were about 10 peo­ple gath­ered out­side try­ing to call 999.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Richard Smith, of the south-west com­mand unit, said: “There is no sug­ges­tion that there is any on­go­ing risk to mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity in Bat­tersea.”

A man talks to a po­lice of­fi­cer in Bat­tersea

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