Murder probe as 21-year-old man shot dead in West Kensington

A murder investigation is underway after a young man was shot dead in west London.

The 21-year-old was found at a property in Comeragh Road, West Kensington at about 10.17pm on Easter Monday.

Police were called to reports of a disturbance and neighbours heard someone screaming.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended.

At the scene, the victim was discovered with a gunshot wound.

Medics treated him but despite their efforts, he sadly died just before 11pm.

Forensic officers at the scene in Comeragh Road, West Kensington (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)
Forensic officers at the scene in Comeragh Road, West Kensington (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

One resident posted on X, formerly Twitter, that armed police who arrived believed the suspect was hiding in a construction site on Palliser Road.

Clare wrote: “We heard a loud gunshot [and] someone screaming for an ambulance as the police arrived.

“Police have been going door-to-door speaking to the neighbours to see if they saw anything.”

Other locals in nearby Fulham and Barons Court said they were alerted by the force helicopter flying overhead.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Next of kin have been notified and are being supported by specialist officers.

“A post mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.

“At this early stage there have been no arrests.”

A crime scene remains in place close to West Kensington Underground Station. Police tape also ran across Pallister Road, which leads to the entrance to Queen’s Club, a private sporting club.

A police officer at the scene in Comeragh Road, West Kensington (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)
A police officer at the scene in Comeragh Road, West Kensington (Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

A resident, who has lived on an adjacent street for five years, said: “This area is really quiet but this is London, you can’t escape from these things.”

A queue of eight people waited to view a property to let on a nearby street. One described news of the shooting as “sobering”.

Detective Chief Inspector Brian Howie, leading the investigation, said: “I am saddened to confirm that another young man has lost his life to violence on the streets of our capital.

“This incident took place at a busy time of the evening when many people will have been going out, coming home or driving through Comeragh Road, Barton Road or Palliser Road.

“I am keen to hear from anyone who was in the area in the half an hour period from 10.13pm Did you see a group of people or an altercation? Do you have dashcam footage?”

Chief Superintendent Jill Horsfall, responsible for policing in Hammersmith and Fulham, added: “Our officers remain at the crime scene and additional patrols will be conducted in the area to provide reassurance to the community.”

London Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 10.15pm on Monday April 1 to reports of an incident on Comeragh Road, W14.

“We sent resources to the scene, including an ambulance crew, an advanced paramedic, an incident response officer and members of our tactical response unit.

“Very sadly, despite the best efforts of our crews, a person was pronounced dead at the scene.”

In September 2022, 29-year-old drill rapper Maximillian Kusi-Owusu, known as M Lo, was gunned down in West Kensington.

Witnesses heard multiple shots which sounded like fireworks on Kensington High Street at 2am.

A 29-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder was released with no further action.

Following Mr Kusi-Owusu’s death, family friends paid tribute to “a very straightforward, energetic and down-to-earth human being”.

The musician, whose hits such as 2016’s Designer and Pain attracted over a million listens each on Spotify and YouTube, and was part of the drill collective £R based in South Kilburn.

Anyone who witnessed Easter Monday’s killing, or has information but has not yet spoken with police, should call 101, quoting 6709/1APR, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.