A young man who narrowly escaped serious injury in a shotgun attack on his home believes he may have been the victim of mistaken identity.
The 19-year-old told the Chronicle he was enjoying a peaceful evening with his girlfriend at his raised ground floor flat in Edith Road, West Kensington, when an unknown gunman fired two shots at their window on Sunday night.
The first blast peppered the stone column of the bay window with shotgun pellets, and the second shattered two panes and showered shards of glass over the teenager, who had leapt to the floor for cover.
He said: "I heard the first shot, jumped on the floor and switched the light off. The shots were about two seconds apart, and the last one smashed the whole window. I was face down on the ground and got glass all down my back and in my pants. It wasn't great."
The victim's flat is at the junction of Edith Road and Gliddon Road, close to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, and he believes the shooter may have been confused with a similar address in the same area.
Police were on the scene immediately after the attack, which happened just after 10pm, and cordoned off parts of the road for several hours while detectives combed the scene. No arrests have been made and officers from the Trident non-fatal shootings team are investigating.
The victim said: "It could have been someone standing in the road, on a bike or in a car. I've got no explanation for it, I believe it was a random attack. I've never been in trouble with anyone, ever, I've never been arrested and I haven't been with anyone's wife.
"I have a few cuts but I didn't really get hurt so I'm not massively affected. It's not abnormal for people to be carrying guns – some people do that as a way of life, but it's none of my business. Yesterday it became my business, and now I just want to put it behind me and get on with things."
The 19-year-old was treated at home for minor cuts caused by the flying glass.
Another Edith Road resident reported hearing two shots ring out at around 10.10pm.
She said: "My partner went out to investigate as did a bunch of other neighbours and they saw that someone had shot through the window. The police got to the scene very quickly, cordoned off the section of Edith Road as it turns the corner and later set up a kind of mini cordon in a triangle around a couple of cars and a tree across the road."
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call the police on 020 8733 4744 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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