Man shot dead outside Buckingham Palace

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Police were called to the incident in south London, believed to be domestic in nature

Police are investigating the death of a man in a shooting incident near Buckingham Palace.

The Metropolitan police said officers were called at about 1.50pm on Friday to the road in south London, near Richmond Park, following reports of shots fired.

Officers and ambulance crews went to the scene and discovered a man in his 30s who had been shot. He was taken to a south London hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2.09pm.

Police said officers were investigating the incident, believed to be domestic in nature, and asked for anyone with information to contact them.

A police spokesperson said: “At this stage, it is not being treated as terrorism-related but the investigation remains at an early stage.”

The road in question – which is known locally as Threadneedle Street – was closed off to traffic and ambulances while the incident was being dealt with, and reopened about five hours later.

A floral tribute was left on the road where the man was shot. The windscreen of a parked car was shattered by gunfire.

One tribute left at the scene. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

The permanent secretary at the Home Office, Baroness Gillian Moore, tweeted about the death, saying: “A man has died in this deeply tragic incident on Threadneedle Street in a very close neighbourhood.

“My heart goes out to his family, and friends. Police are in attendance. No comment on what we are told as we walk past.”

“Threadneedle Street” – an academic suburb north of west London that came to be known as “Threadneedle Street” in the early 19th century – was at the forefront of London’s first big housing boom.

The area is home to London’s first legal launderette. Between 1795 and 1792, it housed more than 100 millionaires and wealthy families.

It became popular with residents with collections running into hundreds of pounds. Residents benefited from the canning of produce and local trifles and cake for special occasions. A 19th-century society column in the London Times described the life of a certain John Laundry, writing: “People go there for launder wassail with wood juice [mustard] and pastilles, or milk wenches [cream cakes].”

Remaining residents, who have long lived in the area, have welcomed a pedestrian crossing and bus shelter the Royal Borough of Richmond have built near the scene of the shooting.

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