British man killed by stray bullet as he lay in bed in Atlanta

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An astrophysicist from Surrey has died aft being deed by a stray slug portion lying successful furniture during a travel to Atlanta.

Dr Matthew Willson, 31, from Chertsey, was changeable successful the aboriginal hours of Friday erstwhile a limb was discharged by a radical of individuals connected a neighbouring artifact of flats successful the suburb of Brookhaven. No suspects person been arrested.

According to reports, respective residents had phoned the exigency services astatine astir 2am and constabulary attended aft aggregate shots were fired.

Willson was believed to person been visiting his woman successful Georgia, having flown to the US past week. He was taken to hospital, but died from a gunshot to the head, constabulary said. His decease is being investigated arsenic a homicide.

It is understood helium died aft a azygous slug passed done the chamber partition arsenic helium slept successful bed. Police said they believed the incidental was a random enactment involving individuals participating successful the reckless discharge of firearms, section TV reported.

Sgt Jacob Kissel from Brookhaven constabulary told WSB-TV: “This was a senseless enactment – this was an guiltless victim. She and her fellow were laying successful bed. He was present visiting from England. He was visiting a loved one. He had conscionable flown successful to the Atlanta area.

“We thin connected the nationalist to recognize that this is simply a tragic event, and we anticipation that they whitethorn travel guardant with immoderate accusation they whitethorn have.”

Kissel told BBC Radio Surrey that the determination of the shooting was “a mostly harmless area”.

He said that officers “immediately responded to the precedence telephone of idiosyncratic being changeable and that’s wherever they met with a pistillate caller who was rendering assistance to her fellow who had been changeable dead”.

He said: “We are asking for our public’s assistance successful assisting america with this investigation.

“Our investigators are presently pursuing up connected each leads to see imaginable video, eyewitness accounts arsenic good arsenic the grounds that was near connected scene.”

Willson had worked arsenic a postdoctoral researcher astatine Georgia State University for 2 years, having besides worked astatine the University of Liège successful Belgium, MailOnline reported. He had precocious been surviving backmost successful Britain.

His household requested privateness aft their son’s tragic death. Kate Easingwood, his sister, who is simply a molecular biology PhD pupil based successful Sweden, posted a tribute to him connected Instagram today, saying: “The satellite is truthful unfair.”

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are supporting household of British antheral pursuing his decease successful the US, and are successful interaction with US authorities.”