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Duggan scene evidence could spark more London rioting

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Duggan scene evidence could spark more London rioting

Gun found with man killed by police had not been fired

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks Tuesday about the recent rioting in London that has spread across the country.
    ITNNews screengrabBritish Prime Minister David Cameron speaks Tuesday about the recent rioting in London that has spread across the country.

Police and community leaders fear the London riots may spread now that an initial inquiry revealed that a handgun found at the scene of the police shooting that killed Mark Duggan — the man whose death sparked the London riots — had not been fired.

Further, the Independent Police Complaints Commission found that a CO19 firearms officer fired two bullets during an attempt to arrest Duggan late last week, and that a bullet that lodged in a police radio was "consistent with being fired from a police gun," the Guardian reports.

Police fired twice at Duggan, with the first bullet killing him and the second bullet passing through his body to hit an officer's radio, sources told The Australian newspaper. Duggan, 29, was armed when Metropolitan Police officers stopped him in a London cab but he did not fire the weapon, the paper reported.

Meanwhile, a post-mortem examination on Duggan has revealed that he died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.

The Metropolitan Police have launched a "major investigation" into the riots, which began Saturday in Tottenham, North London, but have since spread to Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool, resulting in the death of at least one man, widespread looting and the reported arrest of 525 people.

Parts of London resembled a war zone on Tuesday: a third night of violence left shops looted, century-old businesses burned to the ground and streets littered with barricades.

Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his Italian vacation and recalled Parliament from its summer break. Cameron told reporters outside his Downing Street office that the House of Commons would hold a one-day emergency session on Aug. 11, Bloomberg reports, adding that:

Police leave has been canceled and Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh said the London force is preparing for "mass disorder again tonight."

Some 16,000 police officers are reportedly now policing London's streets in a bid to prevent a fourth night of rioting.

Not before a deliberately lit fire razed the Sony warehouse in Enfield, North London, that contained the stock on numerous independent record labels to be distributed by the Pias Group, the Guardian reports. 

Labels that may be affected reportedly include 4AD, Warp and Beggars Banquet

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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