Residents have described the terrifying moment they heard the "rapid" gun fire which fatally shot dead a man in Harlesden on Wednesday (March 9).

Met police officers were called to Church Road, at the junction with Conley Road, just before 10pm where a man in his late 20s was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers believe he was gunned down by a suspect who fled the scene in his car, who was using a "high-powered weapon".

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Saima Kokab, who lives just yards from the scene in Essex Road, said she had put her children to sleep and began praying at around 10pm.

Suddenly Ms Kokab was startled by rapid gun fire and she immediately went upstairs to check on her children.

When she looked out of the window she could see people crowding around the body and when police arrived, around 15 minutes later, she heard what she thought was the mother of the victim crying hysterically.

'Someone was crying, it sounded like the mother'

She told getwestlondon: "It was a surprise for us, we heard gun shots and it is not like a firework, it is rapid.

"I was praying in the downstairs room and my kids were sleeping.

"It took around 15 minutes for police to come, and then I saw the police crowding around the body.

"Someone was crying a lot, it sounded like the mother who was crying with a lot of noise and she was really angry."

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Together with husband Jabbar Butt, the couple moved into the property only three months ago and said the area is plagued by drug problems and anti-social behaviour.

The pair said yobs regularly sit on the brick wall outside their home and throw cans of beer into the concrete front garden.

Mr Butt added: "It is so bad, there is so much drug dealing and shouting in the night."

'Oliver! That's my son!'

Harrowing footage, given to getwestlondon by a nearby resident, of what sounds like the mother of the victim screaming "That's my son" at the crime scene has since emerged.

The video appears to show around six people, all illuminated by flashing blue police lights, overlooking the police tape as the woman shouted: "Oliver! That's my son!"

Next of kin have been informed.

An area around 50 square metres was cordoned off by police officers on Thursday (March 10) as onlookers were heard saying: "It could have been me".

'I heard the shots in quick succession'

Residents in the nearby Church End Estate, overlooking Church Road, said they have been left shaken by the event but were not surprised due to the areas reputation for violence, drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.

One resident at the estate, who supplied the video footage after a friend had sent it to him but added neither he or the friend knew the victim, said he was playing with his younger brother when he heard gun shots.

He added: "I was in the house playing with my little brother, then I heard shots in quick succession, it sounded like an automatic weapon.

"There were three or four people around the body and people were screaming, I had to take my brother in (away from the window), I did not want him seeing that."

'I don't feel safe, I have been robbed twice'

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Eastern-European resident Flora, who has lived on the estate since 2008, said she has been robbed twice and regularly sees teenagers dealing drugs outside her flat, situated opposite the crime scene.

According to Flora, who request her full name to remain anonymous, added that last year she heard the sound of four gunshots outside her home.

She said: "I don't feel safe, I have been robbed twice before and it's a very dodgy area, we always see teenagers dealing drugs.

"They (the police) have to do something.

"In 2012 I saw kids running after other kids and I heard one of them saying 'shoot him, shoot him'."