Man, 22, found shot dead in central London

The crime scene
Image caption Detectives from Trident, the Met's specialist gun crime unit, are investigating

A man has been arrested following the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man in central London, the Metropolitan Police (Met) said.

Officers were called to reports of a shooting in Portpool Lane, Clerkenwell, at 04:10 GMT, the force said.

Paramedics in an air ambulance pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

Police said a man in his 20s had been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Shopkeepers' help

The relatives of the murdered man have been informed and a post-mortem examination is due to be held on Monday.

The man's identity has not yet been made public.

A friend of the victim, who gave his name only as Leon and visited the scene to lay a bouquet, said: "He was just a humble person who loved life.

"I'm really shocked by what's happened."

Det Ch Insp John Crossley said he was particularly appealing for those with businesses in the area to contact the police with any information they might have about the shooting.

He said: "It is essential that we view any CCTV as soon as possible to see if anything of use to the inquiry can be gleaned."

The suspect is believed to have fled in the direction of Leather Lane, police said.

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