Man shot dead outside doorstep on Christmas eve

A man has died after being shot on his doorstep on Christmas Eve in south west London, the Metropolitan Police have said.

Officers were called to Battersea Church Road at about 9pm on December 24 to reports of shots being fired.

The man, who neighbours describe as eastern European, was shot multiple times after answering his doorbell, according to local reports.

Police and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene, where a man believed to be in his 30s was pronounced dead.

Scotland Yard confirmed it had launched a murder investigation into the death.

A health worker who lives opposite ran to administer first aid as other people, believed to be the victim’s family, gathered around.

Julian Stratton, 51, was at his parents’ home just metres from the scene at the time of the incident.

He said: ‘We are friends with a man who lives directly opposite the scene. He told us there was a knock at the victim’s door, which was answered.

‘Then there were five gunshots. Four back-to-back, “bang, bang, bang, bang,” then a pause before the final shot.

Omar Seikaly, 35, a caterer who lives several doors down from the victim’s house, said: ‘Someone got their life taken on Christmas Eve.

‘I was coming back from my kitchen at about 8:15 and was in the shower getting ready for a Christmas meal when it happened.

‘I didn’t hear anything, because of the shower I suppose. As soon as I walked out I knew there was something wrong because of all the flashing lights from police cars and ambulances.

‘This is a pretty hot area. There was a stabbing on a street nearby not long ago. But shooting is quite new.’

According to the Mail Online, a gunman shot the victim on the doorstep to his townhouse property.

The death is the 142nd homicide in London in 2019, the highest number in a calendar year since 2008.

Last year there were 141 police-recorded homicides in the capital, according to Home Office statistics.

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