Police are today hunting for at least one gunman after a man was shot dead and two more were injured as violence erupted at a Surrey ‘sex party’ organised by a Jamaican dancehall star and attended by 450 people. Officers and paramedics were called to a £1million bungalow in Church Lane, Headley, at 2.30am today after neighbours heard gunshots. The body of a man in his thirties, who was shot in the chest, was found in the garden, a woman was left with ‘serious’ leg injuries and another man suffered a shoulder injury.
The party organised by reggae dancehall artist Braintear Spookie was advertised online as ‘Pool Party Part 3. My League’ with tickets costing £20 and touted as taking place at ‘The Big Mansion’ at ‘A Posh Location in the Hills.’
Witnesses said that the victim was shot through the chest and shoulder in the back garden packed with hundreds of other partygoers.
One local source told MailOnline that the house next to the parish church hosted an annual party, described by locals as a ‘massive sex party’, while another neighbour said some guests of African or Jamaican descent came from abroad and paid in euros to attend.
Surrey Police have said they have launched a major operation to ‘to identify and arrest those responsible’ and are working with neighbouring police forces to track them down.
Pictures taken of the property from above today show the bungalow, which has been rented out for £4,500-a-month since 2010, is surrounded by police and its garden is covered in rubbish after last night’s party, including used contraception.
Police had attended the property yesterday evening to warn organisers to keep the noise down but hours later officers were called back after reports of violence and have sealed off the property and surrounding lanes.
Reggae dancehall artist Braintear Spookie, real name Jason White, posted adverts for the party on his Instagram account.
The 21-year-old, originally from Kingston, Jamaica, but who moved to the UK in 2013 and lives in London, is listed on the advert as an organiser of the event along with ‘The Female Boss’.
The advert promotes ‘The Big Mansion Pool Party Part 3 Called My League @ A Posh Location in The Hills’, with the Headley address at the bottom of the image.
The singer, who has produced songs with titles including Hurt It Up, Nuh Fault Wid Yuh, and Cah Tek Mi Life, also posted pictures of himself posing with a water pistol at what appeared to be the poolside at the venue prior to the party.
His social media accounts show him partying at gigs across the UK, as well as in America and in the Caribbean.
On Spookie’s Instagram account he filmed himself in the pool of bungalow encouraging people to buy tickets for the event last night.
As the party rose to a crescendo last night at around 2am the murder victim was shot dead in the garden, where hundreds were dancing and drinking.
It was later revealed that the shooting victim had been fatally blasted in the chest, with the bullet or lead shot entering his body at the front and exiting out of his back.
Several nurses who were guests at the party immediately tried to give the victim CPR but were unsuccessful in keeping him alive. When paramedics arrived he was certified dead.
Surrey Police today appealed for anyone who was at last night’s party, and may have information about what unfolded, to contact them immediately.
A spokesman said: ‘Surrey Police can confirm that members of the public reported hearing suspected gunshots in the area in the early hours of this morning.
‘A large operation is underway to identify and arrest those responsible. Officers are liaising with colleagues in other police forces as part of active ongoing enquiries to locate those responsible’.
The party was held at a six-bedroom luxury rented bungalow with both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a gym.
One neighbour was kept up all night by the loud pool party in a sleepy, rural village and described how around 450 people fled the £1million bungalow after the shooting.
One woman, walking on a public footpath by The Cock Inn, in Headley, Surrey, near the house, was disgusted to find a used contraceptive and a blood-soaked handkerchief – which forensic teams then analysed to find out it they were linked to the crime.
The woman, who asked not to be named, said: ‘This is the third year in a row they’ve thrown a massive sex party there – it’s ridiculous.
‘We’re a quiet little village, we don’t want to live with this sort of swingers thing on our doorstep.
‘They get up to all sorts of things there. There was a condom on the ground down the path and I’ve found a lot worse in previous years.’
This is the third year in a row the wild parties have taken over the quiet village, where revellers turn up by the ‘coachload’ to the pre-planned, ticketed events, which even have bouncers on the door.
Mole Valley District Council admitted today it had given the organisers of the pool party a temporary 14-hour licence to see alcohol at the site as well as provide entertainment and late-night food.
Councillor Vivienne Michael, leader of the council, said: ‘We are saddened by the news of the death of an individual and reported injuries sustained by others at an event in Headley over the weekend. Our thoughts are with the affected family members and the local community’.