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Murder probe after man, in his 20s, is shot dead in Balham in London

A murder probe has been launched after a man in his 20s was shot dead yesterday in Balham in south London.

Armed police were called at around 10.50pm last night to reports of a man suffering gunshot wounds on Bedford Hill in Wandsworth.

The London Ambulance Service attended and rushed the victim to hospital, but he was pronounced dead just over 45 minutes later.

Armed police officers were called at around 10.50pm last night to reports of a man suffering gunshot wounds on Bedford Hill in Wandsworth, London

A police officer pictured at the cordoned-off scene last night. No arrests have been made and enquiries into the circumstances remain ongoing, said the Met

His next of kin have been informed, said the Met Police, and a post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

No arrests have been made and enquiries into the circumstances remain ongoing, added the force.

In a statement released this morning, the Met said: 'A murder investigation is underway following a shooting in Balham.

'Police were called at approximately 22:50hrs on Thursday, 17 June to reports of a man suffering gunshot injuries in Bedford Hill, SW12.

'Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and the man, believed aged in his 20s, was taken to hospital for treatment; despite the best efforts of the emergency services he was pronounced dead at 23:36hrs.'

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, tweet @MetCC quoting CAD8915/17June or get in touch anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

Police officers and vehicles at the scene last night. The London Ambulance Service attended and rushed the man to hospital, but he was pronounced dead just over 45 minutes later 

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