Officers from the Metropolitan Police investigating a shooting which left its victim temporarily disabled have appealed to the public for information.
Officers, including firearms officers, were called to a residential street in Morden at approximately 6:30pm on the evening of Thursday, 30 November following reports of a shooting.
Officers and the London Ambulance attended and found a man suffering from a single gunshot wound to his leg.
The 39-year-old victim told police he was standing in Love Lane near the junction with Green Lane, when he looked up to see a man approaching with a single barrelled shotgun. He was then shot once in the leg.
He told officers that he did not recognise his attacker, who is thought to have fled the scene in a car. This was believed to be a black hatchback-type vehicle.
It is possible another individual – male or female – was also in the car.
The victim, who lives locally, was treated in hospital for around a month, before being discharged.
Officers from the Trident and Area Crime Command are investigating.
PC Victoria Renshaw, said: “This victim has had his life changed and his long-term girlfriend has been severely affected as well. He will be unable to work again for a considerable amount of time. He has lost between three and four centimetres from the length of his right leg and faces a further year of surgical operations, rehabilitation and assistance in order to continue his recovery. He can currently move only with great difficulty on crutches.
“We need to hear from anyone who might have seen this happen – whether they saw the assailant or the suspect vehicle, or something suspicious leading up to this incident. Any information could prove vital to us, so please do call us. Any information will be treated in confidence.”
No arrests have been made. Enquiries are ongoing.
Anyone with information can call police on the dedicated incident number 020 8247 4877 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.