19 Year Old Shot Dead Outside Cinema In London

A 19-year-old has become the first teenage fatal shooting victim of the year after being gunned down outside a cinema.

Armed police rushed to the scene in Wood Green following reports of shots being fired just after midnight.

They found a 19-year-old man suffering a gun shot injury.

He was rushed by paramedics to hospital in central London but doctors could not save him and he died a short time later.

Witnesses said the victim was targeted outside the Vue Cinema on High Road with friends.

Friends screamed for help as the teenager lay dying in the entrance to the cinema.

A taxi cab owner said: “I’m sad because he was a young lad who should have been protected.

“He was a good customer and used to order cabs from me. All his friends are shocked.”

A witness said he heard what he thought were fireworks as he left Wood Green station.

He said: “I was near the entrance to the Tube station when I heard what I thought was fireworks.

“There weren’t many people around as it was late so there was no big reaction. I didn’t see anybody running away, just people looking toward where the sound came from.

“There was a guy shouting at paramedics to save him.”

A shop owner nearby called for more CCTV in the area and said that lots of teenagers hang around the cinema late at night.

The victim is the seventh teenager to be killed in London this year but the first to be shot.

The Homicide and Major Crime Command are now investigating the killing, with a large crime scene today remaining in place.

A spokesman for the Met said: “Police in Haringey were called to Hollywood Green, High Road, N22 at 12.32am following reports of a shooting.

“Armed police attended along with London Ambulance Service and found a 19-year-old man suffering from a gun shot injury.

“He was taken by LAS to a central London hospital where he died a short while later.”

No-one has yet been arrested and “enquiries continue”, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.​