Man shot and killed inside Avalon club in heart of London's West End in early hours of Boxing Day

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  • One man arrested after 3am shooting in Avalon nightclub, central London
  • The victim died in hospital after the incident on Shaftesbury Avenue
  • Police have closed the road while they investigate
  • London Ambulance Service said victim suffered 'multiple gunshot wounds'

By Wills Robinson

PUBLISHED: 03:22 EST, 26 December 2013 | UPDATED: 13:12 EST, 26 December 2013


A man has died after being shot inside a nightclub in London's West End, Scotland Yard has said.

One man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the shooting which happened at around 3am this morning at Avalon in Shaftesbury Avenue.

The suspect is being questioned at a south London police station.

Investigation: Officers search the pavement outside the venue in Soho, Central London

Investigation: Officers search the pavement outside the venue in Soho, Central London

Probe: Forensic teams were carrying out a search of Avalon nightclub in Central London this morning

Probe: Forensic teams were carrying out a search of Avalon nightclub in Central London this morning

Police said the injured man, who is believed to be 31-years-old, died after being taken to hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.

A police spokesman said: 'Police and London Ambulance Service attended to find a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

'He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

Scene: A police officer stands guard at the entrance to the club after the shooting in the early hours of this morning

Scene: A police officer stands guard at the entrance to the club after the shooting in the early hours of this morning

Cordoned off: Police closed Shaftesbury Avenue in London as they continued their investigation

Cordoned off: Police closed Shaftesbury Avenue in London as they continued their investigation

Venue: The shooting happened at Avalon nightclub in London's West End at around 3am

Venue: The shooting happened at Avalon nightclub in London's West End at around 3am

Investigation: Police closed the road in Central London after the incident in the early hours of the morning

Investigation: Police closed the road in Central London after the incident in the early hours of the morning

'Next of kin have not been informed. We await formal identification.'

Shaftesbury Avenue has been closed while police investigate.

The Avalon Soho describes itself as a cocktail lounge with live DJs every night.

The website says it is 'a revitalised venue that oozes creativity and class' which brings 'a unique and stylish vibe to the heart of West End's party scene'.

 

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