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Man killed and two people injured in Surrey pool party shooting

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Media captionDet Supt Bex Smith: "This was a shocking turn of events at what had been billed at a private pool party"

One man has been killed and two people injured in a shooting at a pool party in Surrey.

The 34-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound at an address in Headley, near Epsom, shortly after 02:30 BST, Surrey Police said.

A 36-year-old woman was shot in the leg and taken to hospital while another man was treated for minor shoulder wounds.

Surrey Police said the victims were guests at a private party. Someone has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Det Supt Bex Smith said a second person had been held on suspicion of assisting an offender - but the force would not reveal the sex of the two arrested people.

The weapon used is believed to be a handgun, she said. It has not been recovered.

Police are particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw a black and white Mini that left the scene following the shooting, she added.

'Partying hard'

Det Supt Smith said it was not believed there was any risk now to Headley residents.

Appealing for information, she said: "This was a shocking turn of events at what had been billed as a private pool party and would have been witnessed by a number of people."

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Media captionThe shooting happened in what is normally a quiet, sleepy village

An advert for a "Big Mansion Pool Party" at a "Posh Location in the Hills" was posted on Instagram.

Mole Valley District Council confirmed it issued a temporary event notice for a private garden party at The Bungalow after it received no objections from Surrey Police or environmental health.

The event was licensed from 14:00 on Sunday to 04:00 on Monday and covered sale of alcohol, provision of regulated entertainment and provision of late-night refreshment.

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Image caption The advert for the party was posted on the Instagram account of reggae dancehall artist Braintear Spookie, real name Jason White

Neighbours said the house on Church Lane had been rented out for parties before.

Julie Ho-a-shoo, who runs the Headley village shop, told BBC Surrey she noticed a knife on the edge of the road and alerted police.

She said there was loud music until about 02:30.

"They were partying really hard and loud. There was complete devastation. It looks like everyone had used our front drive as a toilet."

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Media captionAn advert was posted on the Instagram account of reggae dancehall artist Braintear Spookie, who was listed as an organiser of the event

Parish councillor David Preedy said the house had been rented out for a noisy party last year and alerted police when he heard a "repeat was being organised".

"I walked up at 8pm and there were people assembling. They weren't people from the community. I could hear music was being played but I couldn't see much as the place has an enclosed garden.

"I called the police and asked them to patrol and make organisers know they should be considerate neighbours.

"I am sure people will be shocked and very worried."

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Image caption Forensic investigators were at the house sifting through debris from the party

A woman who lives nearby said she was going to bed when she heard a commotion outside.

"I looked out of the window and cars were trying to park everywhere, then lots of people sort of getting out and they were drinking.

"I heard bottles and I heard some smashing of glass, I think a windscreen must have broken and then it went on and on.

"Nothing goes on here usually."

Image caption Police said part of Church Lane would remain sealed off for several hours

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