Man shot dead next to children’s playground in broad daylight

A man in his early 20s has died of gunshot injuries after a shooting in broad daylight near a children’s playground in north London.

Metropolitan Police were called at 3.20pm to Roman Way in Islington, north London, following reports of shots fired on Saturday.

Officers tried to save the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin has been informed.

A local has claimed he heard multiple gunshots before seeing someone on a moped speeding away from the area.

There have been no arrests and police are investigating.

Video footage posted to social media shows emergency services at the scene on the Westbourne Estate. The area is currently sealed off by officers.

A police statement said: ‘Officers were called at 3.20pm on 4 July to Roman Way N7 following reports of shots fired.

‘Officers attended with LAS and found a man, believed to be aged in his early 20s, suffering from gunshot injuries.

‘Despite their best efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene. “Next of kin have been informed. There have been no arrests and enquiries into the circumstances continue.’

It added: ‘The public have a huge role in helping to both prevent and detect crime.

‘We need to hear from anyone who has information about this crime, or about someone they suspect to be carrying a weapon or involved in organised crime.’

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: ‘We were called at 3.21pm to reports of an incident on Atlas Mews, Islington. We dispatched an ambulance crew, three medics in fast response cars and an incident response officer to the scene, with the first of our medics arriving in under four minutes.

‘We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance. Sadly, despite the efforts of medics, a man died at the scene.’

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has video or images that could assist police, is asked to call 101 ref CAD 4432/4 July.