A murder investigation has been launched after a man was shot dead last night in Hayes.

Police were called to Austin Road just before 10pm last night, to reports of a shooting, and found a 23-year-old man with gunshot wounds.

The man, who has not yet been identified by police, died at the scene despite the best efforts of paramedics.

A burnt-out car was found a few miles from the scene, and two men in their 20s have been arrested and are being held in police custody.

Homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command are leading further investigations into the shooting.

Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, from the Met’s Specialist Crime South team, leading the investigation, said: “Firstly, my thoughts are with the family and friends of the young man who lost his life last night. I want to reassure them and the wider community that my team and I are working hard to find out what led up to this tragic incident.

“I must stress that the investigation is very much in its early stages and while we have made two arrests, we are continuing to follow all lines of inquiry and remain open minded as to who was responsible.

"I would ask that anyone who was in the vicinity of Austin Road around 10pm on Tuesday 13 October and witnessed anything suspicious to get in touch with us. Please share anything you saw with either the police or Crimestoppers, no matter how insignificant you think it may be.”

The man’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers, with a post-mortem examination and formal identification still yet to take place.

Anyone who has information that could assist police is asked to call 101 and quote the reference Cad 7454/13Oct.

Alternatively, tweet @MetCC, or to remain 100% anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.