Clapham shooting: Suspects still at large after gun dropped during police chase, injuring two

Two suspects remain at large after a police chase involving two people on a moped left two women with gunshot pellet injuries in Clapham on Friday.

During the chase, at around 4.55pm near Clapham Common Tube station, officers were pursuing two people on a moped which failed to stop in the area when the bike collided with a member of the public and crashed shortly afterwards.

The pedestrian – a 27-year-old man – was taken to hospital for treatment.

As the two suspects fled the scene on foot, one of them dropped a shotgun which discharged as it hit the ground.

Two women in the street, aged 27 and 36, sustained shotgun pellet injuries. 

They were not deliberately targeted, the Met said. They were also taken to hospital by ambulance.

All three injured people have now been discharged from hospital as the Met’s enquiries into the incident continue.

Pictures from the scene appear to show a bullet hole through the window of the Belle Vue pub in Clapham Common, as the suspect’s moped was left abandoned across the road.

The shotgun was recovered from the scene by officers and will be subject to forensic analysis.

Crime scenes remained in place over the weekend in St Alphonsus Road, as forensics officers searched the properties where the suspects escaped through gardens.

Since the moped had been pursued by police, the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards is aware of the incident and the Independent Office for Police Conduct has been informed. 

There have been no arrests at this stage, the Met confirmed.

Detective Chief Inspector Gemma Alger said: “Our investigation to identify the two people responsible is at an early stage, but we will be relentless in following up every line of enquiry to arrest them.

“I want to hear from anyone with information about the incident and any witnesses yet to speak with police. CCTV footage will form part of our investigation, and of course I also want to hear from anyone who has dashcam footage that may assist the investigation.

“Anyone with information is asked to call 101 ref CAD 5008/01Mar. To remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers (on 0800 555 111)”.

Pictured top: A forensics officer at the scene of the shooting in Clapham on Friday (Picture: Aaron Chown/PA)

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