A murder investigation has been launched after a man was shot dead in a busy shopping street in east London. Police were called by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) following reports a man had been shot at llford Lane, at the junction with Bedford Road, Ilford, just after 10pm on 21 March.

Emergency services found a 19-year-old suffering from gunshot wounds. Paramedics provided first aid at the scene but he was pronounced dead just over an hour later.

Police believe at this stage in the investigation the 19-year-old was sitting in a car when he was shot. Formal identification awaits and next of kin are yet to be informed.

The shooting occurred as Met Police launched three separate murder investigations in the space of 24 hours, two of which occurred in east London.

A Met Police spokesperson said: "Detectives have launched a murder investigation following a shooting in east London.

"Police were called by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) at 22:10pm on Tuesday, 21 March to reports of a man unconscious after being shot on Ilford Lane, at the junction with Bedford Road, Ilford.

"Officers and the LAS attended and found a 19-year-old man suffering from gunshot injuries. Paramedics provided first aid but the man was pronounced dead at the scene at 23:22pm."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Illford shooting
Section of the road where the shooting occurred Maps