MP ‘shock’ over shooting of man and woman as they tried to evict Brixton tenant

Strathleven Road shooting 1
Picture by Tim Dickens / Brixton Blog

Streatham and Brixton MP Chuka Umunna has expressed “deep shock” after a man and a woman were shot while trying to evict a tenant from a property.

Armed officers were called to a house in Strathleven Road, Brixton, at 9.50am this morning where they found the injured victims. Shortly after they arrested a man.

The two victims were taken to hospital, where their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Umunna said: “Our whole community will be deeply shocked by this terrible incident, and everyone living locally will be wishing those who have been injured a speedy recovery.

Strathleven Road remains closed after the incident
Strathleven Road remains closed after the incident. Pic Tim Dickens

“It is very important that those who provide housing and related services can do their jobs without living in fear, never mind without suffering extreme violence of this type. I have been in contact with the Police since this incident occurred, and I know the investigation into what has happened is proceeding at pace. My thoughts will continue to be with those who have been injured.

“This is a sad example of the clear need to rid our society of guns and the scourge of gun violence.”

A police spokesman said: “At this early stage it is understood that the two victims were involved in an eviction of a resident from a property.”

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We sent a responder in a car, two ambulance crews, London Air Ambulance and an officer.

“Staff treated two patients, a man reported to be in his 60s and a 59-year-old woman.

“They were both treated for gunshot wounds and taken as priorities to hospital.

“The woman was escorted by a doctor from the air ambulance.”

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