A man in his 50s has died after he was shot multiple times in a possible gang-related attack outside a house party held despite the coronavirus lockdown.
The man was fatally wounded and two younger women were injured in the suspected drive-by shooting in Roydon, near Harlow, in Essex in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Police were told a car occupied by multiple people pulled up and gun shots were then fired at the victims and others stood outside a home at about 5am.
The car then drove off in the direction of Harlow. Police have not announced any arrests.
The victim, from Grays, was rushed to hospital in a life-threatening condition and he died of his injuries on Sunday.
A spokesperson for Essex Police said: "Detectives have now launched a murder investigation after a man has died following a shooting in Roydon, yesterday morning, Saturday June 13.
"The man, who was aged in his 50s, was taken to hospital following reports that he had been shot multiple times outside an address on Water Lane, by a group of people in a car.
"Despite efforts of medical staff, he sadly died in hospital this afternoon, Sunday June 14."
Two women in their 20s were also taken to hospital with single gunshot wounds, which are not considered to be life-threatening.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Greg Wood, said: "This is now a murder investigation and we will continue our work to find those responsible for this man's death, and bring them to justice.
"Our investigation is progressing well and we're beginning to build up a picture of what happened, but we still need anyone with information to come forward."