Man survives shotgun blast to chest in street shooting in Brixton

A man was shot in the chest in broad daylight in an attempted gang hit on a south London street busy with schoolchildren.

The victim, 21, was blasted in the chest from a few yards away with a shotgun, suffering a punctured lung and a severely damaged windpipe.

A schoolboy, 16, who was making his way to the library, was also wounded in the arm after the shooting on the corner of Marcella road in Brixton on May 12.

The 21-year-old only survived thanks to emergency surgery. He went on to make a full recovery. The schoolboy was taken to a south London hospital and later discharged.

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The victim dives for his life behind a parked car

Police today released CCTV footage of the victim’s attempt to dive for cover behind a parked car as they hunt three suspects on suspicion of attempted murder.

In the shocking footage, the gunman can be seen taking the sawn-off shotgun off an accomplice, before opening fire from the middle of the street.

The suspects are dressed in black hooded jackets and wearing face masks. After the shooting at 7pm, all three men fled the scene on foot down Ferry Mews towards Brixton road.

The suspected gunman fled on a bicyle while his accomplices fled on foot.

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Police are hunting three men who opened fire on a man in the street in Brixton

Police are keen to trace two passers-by who were threatened at gunpoint as the man made his escape.

Detective Constable Jo Ross said: “The 21-year-old victim was fortunate to recover from what were potentially life-threatening injuries at the time of the incident.

“Other passers-by were threatened by having a shotgun pointed at them – these are dangerous people.

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The second suspect being hunted by police

“We are keen for the public to give us any information in relation to this appeal, who witnessed the incident or who recognises the suspects.

“It happened in broad daylight and in an area full of schoolchildren.”

The suspects are all described as black men in their 20s wearing dark clothing.

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Police also want to trace this man, seen on cctv wearing a baseball cap with a white mark on the peak

Suspect one is of medium build, with a dark coloured bag over his shoulder and wearing black and white gloves.

Suspect two is described as slim, with a dark top with a large white Franklin and Marshall logo across the front, fur-lined hat with ear flaps, dark grey bandana and black trousers.

Suspect three is described as slim, wearing a baseball cap with a white mark on the peak and black gloves.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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