Gun victim named

Image: Tim Crook

A man found fatally shot at New Cross’s Woodpecker estate has been named. Metropolitan Police say that 21-year-old Nathan Allen was a resident of nearby Desmond Street.

Mr Allen was discovered with gunshot wounds by emergency services just after 9pm Monday.  They were called to the garden of an address in Ludwick Mews. The victim was pronounced dead at 9:41pm.  A post-mortem examination, performed at Greenwich Mortuary, gave the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest.

Nathan Allen was known locally as “Mase.” There has been a Facebook page set up in the man’s memory.

The attack was the second deadly shooting at the Woodpecker estate in the past year. Police have yet to make an arrest in relation to Mr Allen’s death.

The Met Police opened an incident room under Detective Chief Inspector Gordon Allison from the Trident unit, which specialises in gun crime.

DCI Allison said:

“We would like to hear from anyone who may have information in relation to this murder or who may have seen anything at the time. Trident is working closely with local borough police and the local community to ensure we follow every lead to identify the suspects in this crime.”

Police cordon after murder on Tuesday: Image: Talia Lapidus

The murder inquiry team advise that anyone with information that could assist them should call the incident room on 020 8247 4554. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

In July of last year, 24-year-old Nathan Williams was shot dead in his car on the same road.

No-one has been charged with his killing. A 25-year-old man questioned by detectives was released from bail last Tuesday.

A third murder was committed in Ludwick Mews four years ago when Jason Gayle-Bent, 29, was stabbed to death outside his home.

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