Teenager found dead at house

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Five people, including two women, were arrested today after a teenager was shot dead at a flat.

Charlie Wright, 17, was discovered with a fatal wound to his face at a property in Greenwich, south east London.

Police were called by a neighbour who dialled 999 after hearing a single gunshot and shouting shortly after 2am.

Investigators said they are keeping an open mind as to why Mr Wright, an unemployed man from Eltham, was shot.

But one line of inquiry is believed to be that he may have been killed by accident as someone else handled the weapon.

Neighbours said the property may have been used as a doss house and was a magnet for antisocial behaviour.

One said police had been called several times in recent weeks to deal with minor disturbances and fighting.

Describing the shooting, a neighbour said: "There was a very big bang and I heard someone running and someone shouting 'He's been shot, he's been shot.'

"There were tonnes of police, armed police, and they arrived really quickly. Then I saw the ambulance leave a few minutes later."

Police officers continued to search and examine the modern flat in Park Mews, Calvert Road, tonight.

The road is a cul-de-sac of small modern houses and flats a short distance from Westcombe Park railway station.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Dunne, who is leading the investigation, said the five arrested people were still being questioned.

"It is very early stages. I would appeal for anyone with any information about what happened last night to please contact us," he said.

"Police were called in the early hours of the morning and a male was found. An attempt was made by London Ambulance Service to resuscitate this man but that was not successful."

A Met Police spokesman confirmed two women, aged 46 and 36, had been arrested with a 27-year-old man, a 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy.

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8721 4906 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.