A 35-YEAR-OLD is believed to have been set upon by a group of 15-20 people moments before he was shot dead on a south London street just after rush hour.
Marcus Innocent was gunned down in Kingsman Street in Woolwich at 6.20pm on Monday night (Nov 19). He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Prior to the murder, the group, described as black and white individuals, were seen congregating behind a parade of shops in Kingsman Street at the junction with Lord Warwick Street.
Police believe the victim was initially set upon by one person within this group and then by a larger number after which he was shot.
Some of the group were seen to run down Lord Warwick Street towards Frances Street whilst others got into cars parked in Lord Warwick Street by the rear of the shops. These cars then made off from the scene.
An incident room has been opened under the command of Detective Chief Inspector Chris Le Pere, of the Trident Gang Crime Command.
DCI Le Pere, said: "I appeal to anyone who was in the area of Lord Warwick Street and Kingsman Street that evening who saw this group or who may have seen the events leading up to this murder.
"We believe the Victim, who lived locally, was attacked by a group of people congregating in Lord Warwick Street near to the junction with Kingsman Street. However at this early stage the motive for this murder is unclear.
"If you witnessed this shooting, or the events leading up to or immediately after it, please call the Incident Room."
Three men have been arrested and subsequently bailed in connection with this investigation pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Incident Room on 020 8247 4553. If you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.