Police are appealing for information after a man was found with a gunshot wound to his eye on a street in Croydon early this morning after an apparent shooting.

Firearms officers and paramedics both rushed to the scene where the man was found on Imperial Way in Croydon in the early hours of Tuesday morning, sometime after 1am.

The shooting reportedly took place outside the Love A Slice lounge/restaurant on Imperial Way, near to the Roundshaw playing field and a few blocks from South Croydon Station.

A spokesperson for the Met Police said in a short statement posted online Tuesday afternoon:

"Police were called at 01:07hrs on Tuesday, 22 September to reports of a man suffering from gunshot injuries on Imperial Way.

"Officers, including firearms officers, and the London Ambulance Service attended.

"A 22-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening."

London Ambulance Service meanwhile said they had treated a man with a "eye injury" at the scene before taking him to hospital. 

Responding to a request from the Croydon Guardian, a spokesperson said: 

"We were called at 1.07am today (22 September) to reports of a shooting on Imperial Way, Croydon.

"We dispatched an ambulance crew and an incident response officer. An advanced paramedic also attended.

"A man was assessed for an eye injury and taken to hospital."

The Met meanwhile added that Trident detectives from the organization's Specialist Crime Command are now investigating the shooting.

"They are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who visited the LAS Lounge around the time of the shooting and who may have seen or heard anything suspicious.

"Anyone with any information is asked to contact police by calling 101 and quoting reference Cad 107/22Sep," the spokesperson said.