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Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses following the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man in south London on Wednesday.

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A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Service said officers were called to reports of an injured man in Coppock Close, Battersea, at around 7.50pm.

He said paramedics attended but the man, named by police as Kyle McDonald, was pronounced dead at the scene at around 8.15pm.

“A post-mortem examination held at St George’s Hospital today (Friday, September 20) gave the cause of death as a single gunshot wound,” the spokesman added.

“We are not discussing further.”

He confirmed Kyle’s next of kin have been informed.

Detectives said they retain an open mind regarding the circumstances of the incident and any motive at this early stage.

They believe Kyle may have sustained his injuries in Musjid Road, from where he staggered into Fawcett Close, finally collapsing in Coppock Close.

An incident room has opened under Detective Chief Inspector Matt Bonner of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, but so far no arrests have been made.

DCI Bonner said: “We are still in the early stages of the investigation and are carrying out a number of enquires into the circumstances of this incident.

“I am keen to establish if there was anyone in the area who saw or heard anything suspicious.

“I’m appealing for anyone who has any information no matter how small to please come forward and help us with our inquiry.”

Acting Borough Commander Paul McGregor said: “We would like to reassure our community that the police are working very hard to find out who is responsible.

“Detectives have launched a murder investigation and are appealing for witnesses following the incident in Battersea and extra police officers are out patrolling local areas.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that may assist police is asked to contact detectives on 020 8358 0200 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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