Nottingham murder victim died from gunshot to the head

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Mark Shaw
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Mark Shaw is thought to have a connection to the gunman

Murder squad detectives have revealed that a 24-year-old man killed in a Nottingham garden had been shot in the head.

Police were called to the property on Heatherington Gardens, Top Valley, at about 0050 BST on Saturday.

Father-of-one Mark Shaw, from Winterton Rise, Bestwood, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

A spokeswoman for Nottinghamshire Police said officers were following a number of lines of inquiry.

'Loving father'

Detectives said the shooting was not a random attack and Mr Shaw is thought to have had a connection to the gunman.

In a statement, Mr Shaw's family said: "Mark was a loving father to a two-year-old son and a caring son and brother.

"He was popular and kind and had a great sense of humour. We are all devastated by what has happened and will miss him dearly."

Ch Insp Matt McFarlane said: "We do not believe this is a random attack and know that the key to finding who is responsible lies within the community."

Officers are continuing to carry out high visibility patrols in the area.

A cordon around the area is set to stay in place until Monday.

Police have appealed for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them.

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