A man was shot in the neck and another suffered head injuries after gunmen burst into a flat in Battersea in the early hours of yesterday.

Police say the two men forced their way into the property in Deeley Road at about 1am on Tuesday and threatened the occupants with a firearm.

After a brief struggle with the gunmen, the first man was hit across the head with the gun while the other was shot in the neck before the attackers fled the scene in a vehicle.

Officers who were called to the scene found a 32-year-old man with a gunshot wound and the second man with head injuries. They were both taken to a south London hospital where their condition is described as stable.

Detectives from Trident South, the Met Police’s specialist gun unit, are investigating.

Detective Sergeant Paul Davis said: “This offence took place in the early hours of the morning whilst the roads were quiet, and the suspects made off in a car at some speed.

“I am interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen a car being driven erratically in the vicinity of Deeley Road heading in the direction of Wandsworth Road.

“The victim in this case was very lucky not to have sustained a fatal injury.”

According to police, the only description of the men is that they are black.

No arrests have been made at this stage.

Anyone with information should contact Trident South on 020 8785 8603 or Crimestoppers, free and anonymously, on 0800 555 111.