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A passenger has died after being discovered with a gunshot wound following a crash on a major road in Hillingdon.

An air ambulance was seen arriving close to the scene of the collision on West Drayton Road where a Mercedes had smashed into vehicles and pedestrians.

The passenger, in his 20s, was treated in the street but died from his injuries. Police have now launched a murder investigation into his death.

Police taped off a Lidl supermarket on Uxbridge Road about 3km away and there are unconfirmed reports that this was where the man was shot.

An eye-witness said: "My aunt just saw the air ambulance landing in front of her car and we saw paramedics working on someone on the ground."

A police spokesman said: "A silver Mercedes was reported to have collided with a number of pedestrians and vehicles. None of the pedestrians are believed to have serious injuries.

"A male passenger in the Mercedes was found to be suffering from a suspected gunshot injury. The driver of the Mercedes stopped at the scene and is assisting police."

A London Ambulance Service spokesman confirmed that the passenger has died from his injuries.

He said: "We treated four people at the scene. Three people we treated at the scene for minor injuries were taken to hospital. The other person, a man, sadly died despite the best efforts by our medics."

If you witnessed the crash or have images from the scene please email them to our reporter vicky.munro@reachplc.com

Follow our live blog below for updates as this incident unfolds.

"Assurance patrols"

Police in Botwell, Hayes have tweeted that they are out and about today to carry out “assurance patrols” after a man died yesterday following a shooting.

The ward has a northern border at West Drayton Road, which is where the man was found in the passenger seat of a Mercedes which had crashed into some pedestrians.

Shooting was 'after argument' in Lidl car park

Some eyewitnesses to the shooting have said it took place at the Lidl car park following an argument between three people, the Evening Standard reports.

A pizza shop employee, who witnessed the shooting minutes earlier, said:

I heard a popping noise. We were doing some building work and I thought the electrician had hurt himself, but then I saw all the police arrive.”

A kebab shop worker said he had been told three men were arguing before one was shot. He added that a suspect fled towards Coleridge Way.

What happened yesterday

We’ve created a photo gallery which charts the development of the story so far.

It is still not entirely clear what happened yesterday in Hayes leading to the death of a man.

Police are still not disclosing the location where the man was shot, although reports suggest it was in the car park of the Lidl store in Uxbridge Road.

Hayes Lidl 'closed indefinitely' as store refuses to comment

A Lidl spokeswoman has confirmed the store will be closed indefinitely due to the ongoing police investigation.

However, the retail giant is refusing to comment on the incident since it did not happen inside the store.

Read the full story on Lidl’s response here.

Police cannot yet confirm where shooting took place

A Met Police spokeswoman said this morning that it was “still early days” and “too early to say” whether the shooting took place outside the Hayes Lidl on Uxbridge Road. Several people at the scene told our reporter that the victim had been shot there and was then a passenger in the Mercedes when it crashed in West Drayton Road.

Read the full story on the murder investigation so far here.

Latest from police

Here’s the latest from police on last night’s shocking shooting. Police have confirmed they have launched a murder investigation into the death of the passenger.

More police at the scene
More police at the scene (Image: Cherlay Rozier)

More pictures from the scene

Good morning. We’ll be continuing our live coverage of all the latest news and reaction to yesterday’s shooting. We’ve been sent more pictures of the scene. If you have any pictures or video or information you would like to share with us, email vicky.munro@trinitymirror.com

Police guarding the cordon in West Drayton Road
Police guarding the cordon in West Drayton Road (Image: Cherlay Rozier)

Police update

Police have released an update tonight on their murder investigation.

Their latest statement in full reads:

A murder investigation has been launched in Hillingdon after a man was found in a car with fatal injuries.

Officers were called at 2.43pm on Thursday, October 11 to Uxbridge Road at the junction with West Drayton Road.

A silver Mercedes was reported to have collided with a number of parked vehicles.
A male passenger, in his 20s, was found in the Mercedes suffering from a suspected gunshot injury.
London’s Air Ambulance and London Ambulance Service attended, but despite their best efforts he was pronounced dead at the scene.
His next of kin have been informed.

Formal identification awaits and a post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

No one else was found to be injured at the scene.

The driver of the Mercedes has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and is currently in custody at a west London police station.

No further arrests have been made at this stage.

There are a number of crime scenes in place.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command have been informed and are investigating. Enquiries into the full circumstances of the incident are ongoing.

Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact police by dialling 101 quoting CAD 4434/11 October. To remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or go online to crimestoppers-uk.org.”

Reaction from the scene

A resident who lives close to the Lidl has told us:

Of course it worries me, naturally. I live with my mum and dad right by the car park over there so it is a bit scary. It’s the first time something like this has happened, you hear about shootings but not around here. It’s very sad that this man has passed away.”

Lidl remains closed

This photo shows the scene at Lidl where the supermarket remains closed and cordoned off.

Sniffer dog at Lidl

A sniffer dog is at the Lidl supermarket which has been cordoned off by police.

There are also three police cars, police officers and a plain clothes detective at the scene.

Where was the man shot?

While it still is not confirmed where exactly the man was shot, we understand through reports from the scene that it was in Uxbridge Road.

Cars swarmed the Lidl car park after the man was found in the crashed Mercedes in West Drayton Road around 3km away.

You can read more about what’s happening at Lidl by clicking here.

More reaction from the scene

Local residents have been left stunned by this afternoon’s shooting and crash.

Emma Burton, 22, told our reporter:

It’s definitely frightening. I have got a young daughter so it’s scary that it happened right round the corner.

There’s never really anything happening round here usually.

I saw the driver get arrested, he looked like he was in his 20s and he was shaken up. I’ve been told it started at Lidl and that it’s closed and the police are there. It’s crazy that it happened so close to home especially when there’s guns involved.”

Below is the latest picture from the scene.

And where is Lidl?

We now know that police swarmed the Lidl car park in Uxbridge Road after the man was discovered with gunshot wounds.

Reports suggest the shooting occurred there, before the injured man was rushed towards Hillingdon Hospital in a silver Mercedes.

However, the car crashed into some pedestrians resulting in minor injuries, in West Drayton Road, between the junctions with Cherry Grove and Morello Road, near Merrimans Corner and Hayes End Recreation Ground.

The distance between Lidl and the crash site is just under 3km, or around 1.8 miles.

Where exactly is the scene of the crash?

The car has crashed on West Drayton Road between the junctions with Morello Avenue and Cherry Grove close to Merrimans Corner. It was originally reported that the crash was on nearby Uxbridge Road but this is where the Lidl is located that has also been cordoned off by police amid reports that is where the victim was shot.

Victim was 'already dead'

A resident who witnessed the aftermath of the crash has told us:

The guy who was shot was taken out of the car and given CPR but he was apparently already dead.

Apparently an ambulance taking someone else to hospital was the one that stopped to help.

Whether these were decent people or criminals you just do not know.”

The latest from the scene

Our reporter Vicky Munro is now at the scene.

The victim’s body appears to still be in the road, covered by a sheet.

Two unmarked police vans have just arrived at the scene.

This picture shows the scene right now.

Murder investigators at the scene

A police spokeswoman has confirmed that there are murder investigators at the scene in Hayes after the fatal shooting this afternoon.

The officers are currently being consulted, but police have said they are unable to confirm reports of the shooting happening in Lidl.

'Shooting at Lidl car park'

We’re getting reports that Lidl car park in Uxbridge Road has been cordoned off by police as part of the investigation. There are also unconfirmed reports that the shooting took place in that area, while the Mercedes car crashed in West Drayton Road. We’re working on getting that corroborated by the authorities.

Police in the car park of Lidl in Uxbridge Road, Hayes
Police in the car park of Lidl in Uxbridge Road, Hayes (Image: Nicki Randall)

Confirmation that the victim was shot

We have asked police whether they believe the victim was shot at the scene of the crash or whether he had already been shot when the crash happened.

A police spokeswoman has said at this time it is too early to tell but has confirmed that as suspected he was shot.

More from police

Here’s more from the police on the latest confirmed information, that the passenger of the Mercedes has died and the driver has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Emergency services are on the scene
Emergency services are on the scene (Image: James Carson)

A succession of shootings

If the victim is confirmed to have suffered a gunshot wound, this will be just the latest in a number of shootings in west London over recent weeks.

The gunman behind a double shooting in Rayners Lane is still on the loose
The gunman behind a double shooting in Rayners Lane is still on the loose (Image: UKsnapper/@TheTomRiley)

Police make arrest

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed to us that the driver of the silver Mercedes has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

The passenger has died

Sadly, London Ambulance Service has just confirmed to us that one of the people involved has died. Four people were treated at the scene, three for minor injuries though the fourth has died. Police have confirmed to us that it is the passenger who had suffered a suspected gunshot wound who has passed away.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 2.43pm today to West Drayton Road, Uxbridge to reports of an incident. “We sent an incident response officer, two single responders in cars and three ambulance crews to the scene. We also dispatched our hazardous area response team (HART) and London’s Air Ambulance.

“We treated four people at the scene. Three people were treated at the scene for minor injuries and taken to hospital. The other person, a man, sadly died despite best efforts by our medics.”

There may be delays

Transport for London’s TfL Traffic News Twitter account has warned there may be delays due to road closures in the area, though at the moment traffic seems to be flowing OK on the surrounding roads.

Witness account from the scene

James Carson was visiting his mum nearby when he heard the air ambulance hovering over her house.

The 26-year-old said he saw “between 10 and 15 police cars” on the scene.

“One woman was visibly distressed and crying, neighbours came out to put a blanket over her,” he told GetWestLondon.

He added that some residents saw a silver car going around the corner and by they time they saw it again it had crashed.

How this will affect traffic

As this traffic map indicates, drivers can expect severe delays in the Hayes and Hillingdon area surrounding the crash and should plan alternative routes.

A traffic map showing the effects of the road closure on surrounding area traffic
A traffic map showing the effects of the road closure on surrounding area traffic

Bus routes diverted

The emergency services have closed Uxbridge Road in both directions and bus routes have been diverted.

Emergency services are on the scene
Emergency services are on the scene (Image: James Carson)

Another picture from the scene

The crash occurred at a busy junction and police say it involved a number of vehicles and pedestrians.

Several police cars are on the scene
Several police cars are on the scene (Image: James Carson)

A first picture from the scene

This picture shows multiple police cars at the site of the crash.

Police have taped off the area
Police have taped off the area (Image: James Carson)