Man dies after 'triple murder bid' Hove shooting

Police officers near the scene of the shooting in Hove
Image caption Sussex Police do not believe the killing was gang related

A 31-year-old man has died in hospital after a gunman apparently tried to shoot three people dead.

A murder inquiry was started by Sussex Police after the man from Kent was fatally wounded in Church Road, Hove, at 23:30 BST on Saturday.

Paramedics treated him at the scene and he was then taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, but he died in the early hours.

Police have described the attack as "horrific".

They are treating it as a murder and two attempted murders.

The force believes it was an "isolated incident" and that the killer had fled the area.

'Upsetting and disturbing'

Supt Simon Nelson "Witnesses saw a horrific and tragic incident.

"A group of three men were shot at with what is believed to be a handgun and one of them was tragically killed.

"This is not gang-related and as far as I am aware not linked to any other crime.

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Media captionSupt Simon Nelson said one man fired a weapon at three other men and one of them died later in hospital

"I am confident that there is very low risk to the community, although I understand that this has been very upsetting and disturbing for everyone, especially those who were in the area at the time."

He said neighbourhood officers were in the area to assist the Surrey and Sussex major crime team investigation and to speak to people who are worried.

Waitress Lisa Brian said: "It's horrible to think that someone's been killed on your doorstep. It's very strange, everyone is feeling it today."

Ch Insp Helen West said police were "actively seeking the offender" using a number of police units and dogs.

Church Road, between First Avenue and Selborne Road, has been cordoned off since Saturday night to allow forensic experts to examine the scene.

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