Greenwich: Man dies after being shot in head and shoulder

PUBLISHED: 10:58 04 July 2011 | UPDATED: 14:46 06 July 2011

Dave Courtney with Genson's motherJenny

Dave Courtney with Genson's motherJenny


Friends of the 23-year-old stepson of former gangster Dave Courtney who was shot in the head and shoulder have described him as a "good guy who was always smiling."

Genson Courtney, was found by police in a black Volkswagon Golf in Banning Street, Greenwich, suffering gunshot wounds at 10.50pm on Sunday evening.

He was taken by ambulance crews to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3.43am on Monday morning.

Mr Courtney’s friends laid flowers at the site on hearing the news and residents spoke of how they were woken by the sound of gun shots and police sirens.

Rupert Watson, 61, of Banning Street said: “I heard something like a bang which I thought was a shot. “The next thing I knew there were sirens going and I saw blue lights.

“I thought I was safe around here.”

A friend of the murder victim who brought flowers to the scene and did not wish to be named said: “He was a good guy, always smiling.

“It’s a huge shock. I never thought this would happen.”

A resident who did not want to be named for fear of reprisal said: “I saw the car at 10.15pm which was driving very fast.

“There were two black men in the car who looked like they were in their 20s.”

DCI Mark Gower of Trident, the operation responsible for gun related murders within London’s black communities, who is leading the investigation said: “I am appealing to anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious to contact the police.

“I would like to reassure anyone concerned about contacting the police that Trident has great expertise in protecting witnesses and there are a huge variety of measures that can be put in place to protect you.”

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with any information should call the incident room on 020 8733

4211 or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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