Kensington shooting: Murder arrest after man shot on high street

Kensington shooting: Murder arrest after man shot on high street

A 29-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was shot and killed in west London.

Police arrived at the scene shortly after 2am on Sunday following reports of a shooting on Kensington High Street.

Officers searched the area and found a man – believed to be in his 30s – with gunshot wounds.

They provided emergency first aid until paramedics and an air ambulance arrived.

The man was taken to a central London hospital where he sadly died shortly after 5.30am.

People who live close to the scene of a shooting later told how they were woken in the early hours of Sunday by multiple gunshots and a scream.

One man in his 30s, who did not want to be named, told the PA news agency: “It sounded like fireworks, it was two or three (gunshots) and then it stopped and it was like five or something.

“We thought it was from a car or fireworks, we didn’t think it was a shooting. It’s never happened round here.”

Police at the scene in Kensington on Sunday (PA)
Police at the scene in Kensington on Sunday (PA)

A man in his 40s, from a nearby building, who also did not want to be named, said: “I woke up with the gunshots, five, six.

“I remember I heard a car as well. I think I heard the scream as well, it was a tiny scream.”

A car was seen being towed from the scene on Sunday, while forensics teams worked behind a police cordon.

Homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command have launched an investigation.

The 29-year-old man who was arrested remains in custody.

The victim’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers. A post-mortem examination will take place in due course.

Anyone with information that could assist police is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC giving the reference 824/04SEP.

Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.