Murder probe after two men shot dead

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A murder inquiry is under way after two men were killed in a shooting, police said today.

Officers were called at around 4.30am yesterday after reports of shots being fired outside Strang House in Britannia Row, Islington, north London.

Emergency services including the air ambulance attended and found two men in their 20s with gunshot wounds.

One was pronounced dead at the scene just after 5am. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said officers were waiting for his next of kin to be informed and formal identification to take place.

The second man died in the early hours of this morning after being taken to an east London hospital in a critical condition. His next of kin have been informed.

Police believe the victims, who were standing outside the building at the time, were shot by two male suspects who approached on foot and made off in an unknown direction.

No arrests have been made and there are no further details on the suspects.

An incident room has been opened at Barking police station under Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Clayman from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command.

Mr Clayman said: "We appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident who may have seen or heard anything suspicious, or has any information about this incident, to contact us in confidence."

Anyone with information should call 020 8345 3775 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.