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Neighbours heard two shots when man in 20s was gunned down in Balham

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 18/06/2021 Katie Weston For Mailonline
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Neighbours heard two shots when a man in his 20s was gunned down in Balham in south London yesterday where semi-detached houses sell for around £1.6million. 

Armed police were called at around 10.50pm to reports of a man suffering gunshot wounds on Bedford Hill - home to The Bedford, one of the best comedy clubs in the country where Ed Sheeran, U2 and The Clash have performed - in Wandsworth.

The London Ambulance Service attended and rushed the victim to hospital, but he was pronounced dead just over 45 minutes later. 

Detectives have launched a murder investigation, said the Met Police. The victim's next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem will be held in due course.

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No arrests have been made and enquiries into the circumstances remain ongoing, added the force. 

A local, who did not wish to be named, said: 'I heard two pops that made my dog jump up.

'I came out and looked up the street, but didn't see anything. All I heard was two shots. The dog was very animated by the sound.'

She added: 'That's not the first time something has happened here - three or four years ago there was a drive-by shooting incident.

'And then two years ago there was an acid attack and stabbing.

'There's a lot of movement in and out and lots of noise issues. It's a housing association property. There's high turnover.

'At one point two summers ago they had an illegal nightclub there. The music was really loud. It is a source of deep disquiet and discomfort.

'Somebody last night said it was a halfway house. It's awful that someone's lost their life.' 

Today forensics investigators, wearing blue boiler suits, were conducting a fingertip search at the scene. 

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They were concentrating on the driveway of a residential address, believed by neighbours to be a halfway house run by a housing association.

The officers also appeared to be searching a vehicle parked on the driveway, while uniformed police stood guard at the edges of a cordon stretching around 200 yards along the road.

Properties in Balham, where the shooting took place, have an overall average price of nearly £1million, according to Rightmove.

Flats in the affluent area, that counts the Government's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance as a local, sell for around £615,000 with terraced properties going for £1.27million and semi-detached properties fetching £1.58million. 

Boasting low council taxes, trendy pubs, comedy and literary festivals and 15-minute tube links to central London, the neighbourhood is a commonly sought after place to live in the capital city.  

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In a statement released this morning, Scotland Yard said: 'A murder investigation is underway following a shooting in Balham. 

'Police were called at approximately 22:50hrs on Thursday, 17 June to reports of a man suffering gunshot injuries in Bedford Hill, SW12. 

'Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and the man, believed aged in his 20s, was taken to hospital for treatment. 

'Despite the best efforts of the emergency services he was pronounced dead at 23:36hrs. Next of kin have been informed.

'A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course. Enquiries into the circumstances remain ongoing and there have been no arrests.'

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, tweet @MetCC quoting CAD8915/17June or get in touch anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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