Police launch ‘urgent’ probe after man shot ‘while sitting in car’ in Mitcham, London

Clarendon Grove in Mitcham, southwest London  (Google Maps/stock image)
Clarendon Grove in Mitcham, southwest London (Google Maps/stock image)

Police have launched an “urgent” investigation after a man was reportly shot in the back while he sat in a vehicle in southwest London.

Officers were called to Clarendon Grove in Mitcham around 11.20pm on Saturday, to reports of a gunshot.

They later discovered that a male victim - whose age has not been confirmed - had been taken to hospital with gunshot injuries to his back.

A Scotland Yard spokesperson said on Sunday: “Initial enquiries suggest that the incident happened on Clarendon Road, when the victim was approached by a man, who discharged a firearm into the vehicle he was sitting in.”

The victim’s injuries are not described as life-threatening or life-changing.

Detectives are carrying out an “urgent” investigation, and are appealing for witnesses and anyone with footage to contact them.

Detective Inspector Mat Freeman of the Met’s Specialist Crime North said: “We know that when this incident happened there were members of public and vehicles driving nearby.

“Officers are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or who saw or heard anything suspicious at around that time. Also, if you were driving in the area, did you record something on dashcam?

“Any piece of information, no matter how irrelevant it may seem, could be crucial in piecing together what took place.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC giving the reference CAD 7369/06MAY.

Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, online or by calling 0800 555 111.