Police name teenager found dead with gunshot wounds after reports of burglary

A police car on a country road
Police at the scene -Credit:SWNS

Police have confirmed the identity of a shooting victim whose body was found after reports of a burglary. Marcus Smith, 19, of Chapel-en-le-Frith, was pronounced dead after Derbyshire Police were called to a property in Eccles Road, Whaley Bridge, in the early hours of Wednesday.

In a statement confirming the body found at the scene has been formally identified as Mr Smith, police said he was not the owner of the property. The statement added: “His family are aware and are being supported by specialist officers.

“A second man, who is in his teens, was also found with a gunshot wound nearby in the same road. He suffered serious injuries and has been taken to hospital where he remains. However, his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.”

A man, aged in his 50s, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder and remains in police custody. A fourth man, who is in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary after the vehicle he was travelling in was stopped on the A6 on Wednesday afternoon.

A fifth man, in his 30s, was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary, while a male in his late teens was arrested on Friday on suspicion of assisting an offender. The statement said officers had received reports of a burglary at the Eccles Road property at around 3.30pm on Tuesday.

“Officers attended the scene and at this stage we are keeping an open mind as to whether the two incidents are linked,” the statement read.