Neighbours in a residential street in Harlesden thought "bangs" which they heard following a fatal shooting on November 2 were fireworks.

A 22-year-old, named locally as James Owusu , was shot dead in Tynsdale Road.

Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the incident and formal identification and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course.

One lady who lives on the adjoining road, who did not want to be named, said: "We were in bed watching TV and we heard banging noises and because there was fireworks before, we just thought it was fireworks.

London Ambulance Service were called to the scene at around 10.40pm last night

"I woke up this morning to take my daughter to school and we see police taping."

Other neighbours told getwestlondon that they also mistook the shots for fireworks.

Holly Steen said: "All we heard was bangs, we thought it was fireworks when it must of been shots, then I saw about two minutes after, I heard blue lights."

The residents said they knew the victim. "We all know him around here," said Jennifer Disney.

She added: "My son knows him.

"He grew up with him, playing football with him and that."

The 22-year-old has been named locally as James Owusu

They found out about the shooting after police knocked on their window at around 11pm last night.

London Ambulance Service (LAS) were called to the scene at around 10.40pm, however Mr Owusu was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesman for LAS said: “We sent an ambulance crew, two single responders in cars and an incident response officer to the scene.

"The first of our medics arrived at the scene in under eight minutes.

“Sadly, despite the extensive efforts by our crews a person died at the scene.”

The shooting happened on Tynsdale Road.

People have been taking to Twitter to pay tribute:

Our readers have been paying their respects on Facebook:

No arrests have been made and enquires into the incident continue.

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What we know so far about the shooting of James Owusu

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