Rita Ora 'narrowly avoids drive-by shooting' after walking down quiet street in Notting Hill

Tom Powell
Armed police: the residential street was blocked off following the shooting: XPOSUREPHOTOS.COM

Popstar Rita Ora narrowly avoided an alleged drive-by shooting in a leafy Notting Hill street while out walking.

The singer had been enjoying the sunshine in the affluent north-west London district before strolling off past Colville Gardens.

But around five minutes after she walked near the residential street, where houses cost around £2 million, the serene atmosphere was broken by the sound of gunfire.

Armed police officers rushed to the scene shortly after 2pm to reports of “shots fired”.

Popstar: Rita Ora had been out enjoying the sunshine in Notting Hill (Rex)

They found no-one had been injured in the attack but there was evidence that a firearm had been discharged.

A cordon was erected and pictures from the scene showed armed police blocking off the road.

A Met spokesman told the Standard that detectives from the Trident and Command Area Crime Command were investigating the incident.

It is believed to have involved shots fired at a building from within a car driving down the road.

Earlier in the afternoon, Ora, whose hits include ‘I will never let you down’ and ‘Poison’, was pictured enjoying the sunniest day of the year so far with a friend.

Dressed in black leggings, white t-shirt and large shades, she strolled around in the sunshine and stopped to sit outside members-only gym Bodyism for a while with model Alice Dellall.

A crime scene remained in place in the area at 5pm on Wednesday evening.

A Met Police spokesman said: “On Wednesday, 15 March police were called shortly after 14:00hrs to a report of shots fired in Colville Gardens, W11.

“Local officers attended along with firearms officers and found no injured persons.

There was evidence that a firearm had been discharged.”

The Standard has contacted Rita Ora for comment.

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