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Gunman Taking Aim At A Rival Accidentally Shoots Himself Dead As Bullet Bounces Back: Police

A gunman aiming a rival and accidentally shot himself in southeast London. Witnesses stated in published reports that the bullet bounced off a car window and hit him.

The 25-year-old was discovered injured in Sydenham Road in Sydenham at 15:45 BST on Sunday and deceased at the scene.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard of the Met Police said officers thought “the man unintentionally discharged a firearm resulting in his fatal injury.”

A shopkeeper on the high street told that he and his partners had also heard the victim had unintentionally shot himself.

“A group of guys was sitting in a car by the Lloyds bank, and a big guy came up to them with a shotgun,” he said. Then he continued, “They all got out of the car and ran, so the guy decided to damage the car with the back of the gun. As he was hitting the windows, the gun went off, and he shot himself – that’s what we’ve been told.”

A 56-year-old woman who lives nearby claimed, “the man came to shoot someone else, but he ended up shooting himself.”

Then she added that “the bullet bounced off a car window. You can see on the car window where the bullet bounced off it. After it happened, the boy he came to shoot stood there filming him.”

Ellie Reeves, Labour MP for Lewisham West and Penge, wrote a tweet in response to the incident, “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 man has been taken into custody in relation with the investigation and remains in custody at a south London police station.

Authorities are requesting anyone with information on the incident to call them.

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