Two People Shot During Eviction Attempt

Two people have been shot as they tried to evict a tenant from a house in south London.

A man aged in his 60s and a 59-year-old woman were left with gunshot wounds after attempting to force a man to leave a property in Strathleven Road, Brixton, this morning.

Police were called at around 9.50am and armed officers were sent to the scene, where they forced entry to the suspected gunman's home.

He was found to be unarmed, but a gun was later discovered. The man was arrested and taken into custody at a police station in south London.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said:

"At this early stage it is understood that the two victims were involved in an eviction of a resident from a property."

The condition of the pair who were shot is unknown, but the force said their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

A spokeswoman for London Ambulance Service said:

 "We sent a responder in a car, two ambulance crews, London Air Ambulance and an officer.

"Staff treated two patients, a man reported to be in his 60s and a 59-year-old woman. They were both treated for gunshot wounds and taken as priorities to hospital.

"The woman was escorted by a doctor from the air ambulance."

The pair were both conscious when they were taken to hospital, she said.

The woman who was shot is an income officer for Metropolitan Housing and the man is a bailiff who works for the courts service.