Man, in 30s, dies after being shot outside theatre in south London

Passers-by fought to save the victim’s life

Barney Davis
Sunday 10 March 2024 14:57 GMT
A police officer guards a taped off area following the shooting in Catford Broadway
A police officer guards a taped off area following the shooting in Catford Broadway (James Prescott-Kerr)

A man has died in a shooting outside a theatre in south London in the early hours of this morning

Passers-by tried to perform CPR on the victim, a man believed to be in his 30s, after he was found with a single gunshot wound in Catford Broadway in Lewisham at 4.30am.

He was pronounced dead at the scene opposite Lewisham Town Hall and Catford Broadway theatre, an area described as always busy by locals.

Horrific mobile phone footage shows a woman giving the victim chest compressions before paramedics could arrive.

The man was found close to Catford Broadway theatre in Lewisham at 4.30am (James Prescott-Kerr)

Pictures on Sunday morning show a forensic tent in the town centre as officers search for clues.

There has been no arrest at this time.

One local told The Independent: “It’s the busiest part of Catford. Always busy, it was quite surreal seeing it so dead on a Sunday morning.”

Chief Superintendent Trevor Lawry responsible for policing in South East Area said: “My sympathies and thoughts are with the family and loved ones of this young man who has lost his life in very tragic circumstances.

“The incident took place in a busy part of south London and I’m hopeful there will have been a number of witnesses who I would appeal to come forward. I know such a shocking incident will cause great concern in the community and want to reassure residents that we have assigned significant resources to this investigation.

“We also have officers patrolling the local area and I would urge those with concerns to talk to them. They are there to support you.”

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