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Shepherd's Bush stabbing: Teen killed after taking cover in shop

Uxbridge Road
Image caption Police cordoned off an area outside a shop in Shepherd's Bush

A teenager was stabbed to death in a west London shop as he tried to hide after a fight, witnesses have said.

The 18-year-old victim was attacked in Uxbridge Road, Shepherd's Bush, on Wednesday night.

Resident Derek Parks said the man had gone into the store "for cover" but was followed by a man who had a knife and stabbed him.

The Met said it was looking for "two males, possibly in their teens" who ran away in the direction of Wormholt Park.

Mr Parks said the fight happened "outside the shop doorway and the gentleman came in from outside".

"The guy who got stabbed went towards the basement of the shop and was hiding," the 64-year-old said.

Image caption A witness said the teenager was chased into a shop

Officers and paramedics had attended the shop at about 21:20 BST but the teenager died at the scene.

Shopkeeper Sully Singh said he had received a call from his night staff at about 21:45 and found a police cordon in place when he arrived.

"When I came here everyone was shocked. They said an incident had happened. There was a fight," he said.

Passers-by have begun laying flowers outside the shop in tribute to the deceased.

One teenager, who did not want to be named, said the victim had been his friend and described him as "just ordinary and quiet" and not involved in trouble.

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Image caption Floral tributes have been laid outside the shop

Elsewhere, another man suffered non life-threatening injuries in a stabbing in nearby Notting Hill on Wednesday evening.

He was stabbed just after 19:00 on St Ann's Road and police were "neither linking nor ruling out" a connection between the attacks. No arrests have been made.

One local man, who did not want to be named, told the BBC: "I just told my kids to stay indoors. If you don't have to go in the road, don't have no argument with no-one because you don't know - it could be any one of us."

Det Insp Luke Wyllie said: "A young man's life has been tragically cut short. We are doing everything we can to apprehend those involved.

"Extra police and specialist units are working on the ground now to build a clearer picture of what took place and work to protect and reassure those in the local community."

A Section 60 order - which gives police the power to stop and search people in a designated area - was put in place in Shepherd's Bush and Notting Hill until Thursday afternoon.

Police have informed the teenager's next of kin and a post-mortem examination will be held on Friday.

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