A man has been shot dead in broad daylight in Sydenham in south-east London.

Officers were called to Sydenham Road to reports of suspicious activity after 3.40pm on Sunday. Shots were heard soon after and armed police and the London ambulance service were also called to the scene.

The victim, a man in his 20s, was found with gunshot wounds and died at the scene at 3.50pm despite efforts from paramedics to treat him. After the attack, police cars were seen parked outside a Lloyds Bank branch, which was surrounded by a cordon.

“Police remain at the scene. There have been no arrests at this stage and enquiries in to the circumstances continue,” the Metropolitan police said.

Ellie Reeves, the Labour MP for Lewisham West and Penge, tweeted: “Shocked and saddened to learn of the fatal shooting in Sydenham this afternoon.

“My thoughts are with the victim and their family. This violence has no place in our community.”

A London ambulance service spokesperson said: “We were called at 3.42pm today to reports of an incident on Venner Road … We sent an incident response officer, an advanced paramedic, two medics in cars and an ambulance crew to the scene. Sadly, despite the efforts of medics, a man died at the scene.”

Part of Sydenham Road, which is a high street, was closed in both directions, and buses were diverted due to the incident, Transport for London said.

The death follows a number of fatal gun attacks in the capital this year, while 15 people were killed in shootings in London over 2018 – the highest yearly toll for a decade.


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