A 41-year-old man died after being shot by a row of shops.

Metropolitan Police were called to Mount Parade in New Barnet at 11.44pm on Monday.

Paramedics from the London Ambulance Service attended a man in his 40s, who was suffering from gunshot wounds.

The man died at just after midnight, and his next of kin are in the process of being informed.

A post mortem is expected to take place soon.

There have been no arrests and police are investigating.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, of the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the investigation, said: "Our investigation is in its early stages but already we are pursuing a number of leads.

"We believe the victim was driving a silver Mercedes, which he had been using in his work as a taxi driver. He was approached by the occupants of a blue van; a number of suspects then got out and fired at the victim, who had also got out of his vehicle.

"The suspects then got back into the vehicle and fled the scene in the direction of Edgeworth Road, turning right into Park Road.

"It is critical that we hear from anyone who witnessed this incident; any fragment of information could be vital to our investigation. Please do not assume that we already have your information."

Anyone with information can contact the incident room on 0208 785 8099 or tweet @MetCC.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you have any information about this incident, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.