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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 October, 2004, 04:41 GMT 05:41 UK
Six shot down in gun crime spate
The scene of the incident
Police say there were about 40 people in the club in Croydon
Six people have been shot in the space of an hour in a spate of shootings in London and Bristol.

Two men have died and another was seriously injured in a triple shooting at a busy south London nightclub at 0310 BST on Saturday.

The victims, both believed to be in their 30s, are thought to have been shot inside the club.

In Bristol, two women were shot and left outside a police station while a man was shot in a separate incident.

Four people remained in hospital on Sunday after the incident in London and the two separate shootings in Bristol.

Police say they do not believe the incidents are related.

'Out of control'

The Victims of Crime Trust condemned the violence, saying it proved gun crime in the UK is "out of control".

National director Norman Brennan said: "This crime cannot be allowed to become an acceptable part of life in Britain. The easy accessibility of guns in this country is very worrying."

He called for tougher sentencing, tighter customs controls on gun imports and an increase in stop and searches in high risk areas.

I can understand that anyone who had witnessed this incident would be very distressed but I'd urge anyone who was there to get in touch as you may have vital information
DCI Ashley Sharp
In the south London murders, a gunman opened fire at the Spotlight nightclub in Croydon.

The two victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

A third man, wounded in the shooting, was taken to a south London hospital where his condition was described as serious but stable.

None of the three have been identified.

There were about 40 people inside the venue at the time of the double murder, police say.

Police custody

Two men have been arrested in connection with the incident, which is being investigated by officers from the Met's Operation Trident, which investigates black-on-black gun crime.

Both are in police custody.

Head of the investigation Detective Chief Inspector Ashley Sharp said police had spoken to some people who had been at the nightclub at the time of the shooting but that others had already left when they arrived.

He said: "I can understand that anyone who had witnessed this incident would be very distressed but I'd urge anyone who was there to get in touch as you may have vital information."

Witnesses should call the incident room on 020 8247 4554 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

'No link'

Meanwhile, two women were shot and left outside a Bristol police station in the early hours of Saturday.

Avon and Somerset Police said it does not believe the shootings, which took place between 0330 BST and 0400 BST on Chalks Road, St George, are linked to the shooting of a man on Wilder Street.

Trinity Road Police Station
The women were shot and dumped outside Trinity Road Police Station
The women were shot in a car on Chalks Road before being driven to Trinity Road police station.

One received serious head injuries.

Avon and Somerset Police said the driver was seen running from a Saab car along Stapleton Road, Easton.

The woman with the head injury is being treated at Frenchay Hospital, where her condition is described as critical.

The other woman, believed to be aged about 25, was seriously ill and being treated at Bristol Royal Infirmary.

'Critical state'

Chief Superintendent Mike Roe said: "We want to know why the vehicle was left outside Trinity Road Police Station.

"One of the women had very serious injuries."

Meanwhile, in a second incident in Bristol, gun shots were heard on Wilder Street, St Paul's.

It would be dangerous to make presumptions at this stage
Chief Supt Mike Roe

A man then hailed a car and was taken to Frenchay Hospital with gunshot wounds to the stomach. He is described as being in a critical state.

Chief Supt Roe said police were keeping an "open mind" but did not believe the shootings were related.

"It is unusual to have two such incidents in one night," he said. "Our job is to examine the facts and we need witnesses to both incidents to come forward.

"It would be dangerous to make presumptions at this stage."

He said police had identified the victims but had yet to speak to their families.


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