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The Metropolitan Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was shot dead in North London on Saturday, 20 August.

Officers were called to a scene in Sunnyside Road, Islington, just before 9pm as people reported hearing gunshots.

Police and an ambulance crew arrived to find the 25-year-old man suffering a gunshot wound. He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after midnight on Sunday.

A full post-mortem and formal identification will happen and next of kin have been informed.

Police said that no arrests have been made and enquiries continue.

The Metropolitan Police are asking any witnesses or anyone with information to contact them on 0208 345 3775 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams is leading detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

A neighbour told the Evening Standard that a lot of police were on the road investigating.

"Forensics guys were out in their white suits," he said. "Police officers were going up and down Hornsey Lane looking in the hedges. I thought they might be looking for weapons."

According to the Metropolitan Police statistics, the Hillside area, where Sunnyside Road is located, has an "average" crime rate. In July, there were 21 reports of crimes involving "violence against the person". At 29, the majority of offences in the area were listed as anti-social behaviour.