Pictured: Man, 21, shot dead in south west London as police hunt killer

9 October 2023, 19:49 | Updated: 9 October 2023, 20:27

The 21-year-old victim has now been identified as Rico Andrews
The 21-year-old victim has now been identified as Rico Andrews. Picture: LBC, Metropolitan Police
Jasmine Moody

By Jasmine Moody

A man, 21, who was shot dead on a quiet street in south London on Thursday night has been named as Rico Andrews.

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Rico, 21, was killed on Shuttleworth Street in Battersea, in the south-west of the capital.

Police rushed to the scene at about 9.50 on Thursday night. Emergency workers gave the man first aid, but he died of his wounds at the scene.

No one has been arrested and officers are still hunting for the killer, and have called for anyone with any phone or doorbell footage to come forward.

Neighbours told LBC that news of the shooting was "absolutely horrendous".

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Police are still on the hunt for the killer.
Police are still on the hunt for the killer. Picture: Metropolitan Police

"It’s absolutely shocking, we have had some awful incidents of knife crime around here in the past, but I’m not aware of any shootings," one man said. "I mean any crime like that is absolutely horrendous."

A woman who has lived in the area for more than ten years said the shooting was "scary" and she was hearing of "more and more attacks" nearby recently.

Her friend, who used to live in London and had come back to visit, said Battersea didn't "feel so much like a safe place anymore."

Local MP Marsha de Cordova said she was "deeply saddened" by the attack, and her "thoughts and prayers" were with the victim's family.

The attack took place a few hundred metres away from Thomas's Battersea, the school that Prince George and Princess Charlotte used to attend.

Police at the scene on Friday.
Police at the scene on Friday. Picture: LBC

Detective Chief Inspector Neil John from the Met’s specialist crime command, who is leading the investigation, said: "This is a tragic incident where a young man has lost his life whilst standing on a street in Battersea. Our thoughts are with his family and friends as they continue to struggle with this terrible news.

"Detectives are working at pace to gather as much information as possible and I would ask anyone who was in the area and saw events unfold, or anyone who has captured this on phone or doorbell footage, to contact police immediately.”

Photos from the scene on Friday morning show forensics officers working next to a block of flats.

Detective chief superintendent Clair Kelland said: "This murder will come as a terrible shock to the local community who will be waking up to this news.

“I want to reassure them that experienced homicide detectives from the Specialist Crime Command will be working tirelessly to find out who is responsible, and we will offer them all the support we can.

Police at the scene on Friday
Police at the scene on Friday. Picture: LBC

“There will be an enhanced police presence in the area over the coming days, and I would ask that the local community in Battersea speak with officers. Please tell us if you saw or heard anything, or wish to raise any concerns. I would also like to thank local residents for their co-operation whilst the crime scene is in place."

Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference CAD 8285/05Oct. To remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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