No one had been arrested until Sunday night when a teenage boy was shot dead at a party near Lambeth over the weekend – the ninth murder in the city in 2021.
It was just after 1am on Saturday morning when police announced that an 18-year-old was shot dead at a “big gathering” near the intersection of Pack Road and Grand Oak Cross. The area near the southwestern edge of London is full of newly built luxury homes and vacant bush land.
The exact location of the shooting was not made clear, but the investigation focused on an area with new luxury homes and vacant bush lots.
“Members of the Serious Crime Department are working around the clock to collect all evidence and continue their investigation into the matter,” said London Police Const. Travis buckle. “We will provide an update when we have more information.”
It’s unclear whether the party was inside or outside – but investigators searched a vacant, bushy area next to a cornfield.
An 18-year-old was found with a gunshot wound, Buckle said. The man was taken to the London Health Sciences Center with life-threatening injuries and died shortly afterwards, he said.
Late Saturday, London police declared the death a murder after officers spent much of the day searching the area. “It is certainly a very tragic circumstance,” said Buckle on Saturday.
Local residents said they parked more than a dozen cars on the streets in the area around 11 p.m. Friday and saw people coming and going. Empty beer cans and other rubbish littered the roadside near where the police had closed Pack Road.
Anyone with information is asked to call the London Police at 519-661-5670.