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Brixton shooting: Chuka ‘deeply shocked'

BRIXTON VISIT: Umunna and Labour leader Ed Miliband visit the area in 2011

LABOUR POLITICIAN Chuka Umunna has said this morning’s shooting in Brixton, south London is “a sad example” of “the scourge of gun violence” in society.

Two housing officers were shot and injured as they tried to evict a man from a property on Strathleven Road.

The man, in his 60s, and woman, 59, employed by the Metropolitan Housing Association (MHA) are said not to have sustained life-threatening injuries – emergency services said they were both conscious when taken to hospital.

Armed police arrested an unarmed man at a property on the street – officers said they later recovered a gun from the house.

The shadow business secretary and MP for neighbouring Streatham said: “Our whole community will be deeply shocked by this terrible incident, and everyone living locally will be wishing those who have been injured a speedy recovery.

“It is very important that those who provide housing and related services can do their jobs without living in fear, never mind without suffering extreme violence of this type.

Umunna added: “My thoughts will continue to be with those who have been injured.

“This is a sad example of the clear need to rid our society of guns and the scourge of gun violence.”

A Met spokesman said: “At this early stage it is understood that the two victims were involved in an eviction of a resident from a property.”

Lisa Wimborne, MHA's interim head of communications, said: "The woman who was shot is an Income Officer working for Metropolitan Housing.

"The man who was shot is a Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunals Service bailiff."

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