Neighbours at an east London walk-up are expressing surprise following the shooting death of a 26-year-old man Wednesday night.
London Police were called to an apartment at 135 Connaught Avenue, near Highbury Avenue and Oxford Street, at around 10:20 p.m. after receiving a 911 call.
Police wouldn’t say who made the 911 call, other than it was a citizen.
“Police arrived and located a 26-year-old male with an apparent gunshot wound. The male is deceased,” said London Police Constable Kimberly Flett.
The London Police Major Crime Section is leading the investigation, which is still in its early stages.
A police presence could clearly be seen at the residence with a Forensics van out front and a police officer guarding the apartment where the shooting happened.
At this point, police haven’t said whether or not they are looking for any suspects, and there is no indication anyone is in custody. Police have not said whether they are treating the death as suspicious.
Investigators have yet to identify the victim.
Neighbours describe hearing two bangs that sounded like a baseball bat hitting metal following by running down the stairs.
Bob, who lives in the building, told AM980 they didn’t pay too much attention to it at first.
“Usually we don’t pay attention to that because the building is full of kids and they always go pound on doors and take off and because we didn’t hear anyone asking for help we thought it was just kids, until we saw police and the ambulance were here.”
He added to have a shooting at the apartment is “very unusual”, there have been fights in the hall before, but it didn’t escalate beyond that. This time however, was different.
“I kind of knew something was bad because usually you don’t have a forensic identification unit here, unless someone has died,” he said.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call London Police at 519-661-5670 or London Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).