VICTIM: Mark was a popular and well known 'road guy' in Tottenham
A MAN shot dead in north London in an alleged shoot-out with police had lost his closest friend in a nightclub stabbing just months earlier.
The victim, named locally as father-of-five Mark Duggan, 29, of Broadwater Farm, Tottenham, died yesterday from gun wounds.
Months earlier, his best friend 23-year-old rapper Kelvin Easton, known as ‘Smegz’, was knifed to death in full view of party-goers at an east London nightclub.
He was the father of two children.
Friends described the pair, both of whom were mixed race, as fun-loving party boys who were well-known on the raving scene and “on the road”.
One said: “Where you saw one, you saw the other. That’s how they rolled. It’s just a madness that two friends have been killed within months of each other."
Both were linked to Tottenham’s Star Gang, a source said. Friends said Mark had attended St David's and St Katherine's, now Greig City Academy, in Hornsey.
His mother Pamela, 52, and younger brother Marlon, 26, were "in a terrible state" after hearing of his death.
Dozens of mourners gathered last night outside the family's semi-detached house Just two miles from where Duggan was shot dead.
The Met’s professional standards department has referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) who is now investigating.
Neighbours reported hearing up to four shots near Ferry Lane, Tottenham, at 4.15pm on Thursday.
A policeman was also injured in the shoot-out and was treated in hospital.
He was discharged the same evening.
Early reports suggest it was the officer who was shot first, but this is not known for certain, an IPCC spokesman told the BBC.
Another friend said: "Let me put it this way, Mark was the kind of guy who would know better. He was a road guy, he knows you don't shoot at the police."
Local resident David Akinsanya arrived at the scene moments after the incident.
He said he was told by a witness that a police officer had shouted at the man to stop "a couple of times", but the man had not heeded the warning.
The witness, who lives next to the spot where it happened, then heard four shots, Mr Akinsanya said.
Tottenham MP David Lammy MP said: "I am shocked and deeply worried by this news. There is now a mood of anxiety in the local community but everyone must remain calm.
"It is encouraging that the Independent Police Complaints Commission has immediately taken over the investigation. There is a need to clarify the facts and to move quickly to allay fears."