AN INVESTIGATION is continuing into a late-night incident after gunfire was heard in a Southampton neighbourhood.

Police launched a probe into an incident in River Walk, Southampton, after residents reported hearing gunshots at around 1am on Thursday.

Arriving on the scene officers discovered an empty house being used to farm more than 100 cannabis plants.

Police have since launched a manhunt believing that up to six people were involved in the incident but no one has been arrested at the time of writing.

During the investigation a man’s body was discovered in the River Itchen in Riverside Park.

Detectives have been continuing their probe into the circumstances surrounding the death of the man, who has now been identified as Sol Hemy, 20.

Early indications show that he was not shot and his death remains unexplained.

Hampshire Police have reported that they are not in a position to release the results of the post mortem examination or why he died at this time due to “operational reasons”.

Detectives investigating the River Walk incident and the discovery of Sol’s body remain open minded about how they are linked.

Police probing the drug operation consequently found an abandoned Jeep Cherokee full of cannabis in nearby Riverside Park.

Just after 6.30am, they discovered Sol’s body in the same park

Both River Walk and a large section of Riverside Park were taped off to allow for a thorough police investigation for much or Thursday.

On Friday, officers investigating the circumstances of both incidents located another vehicle believed to be involved in the incident on River Walk. They executed a warrant at an address in Southampton as part of their enquiries.

Southampton Neighbourhood Policing Teams were in the River Walk and Riverside Park area over the weekend conducting high visibility patrols and speaking with members of the community in relation to both incidents.

Detective Chief Inspector Justin Torgout said: “We continue to work hard to establish the exact circumstances surrounding River Walk and Riverside Park last week. We want to say thank you to the community for talking to us and assisting us with our enquiries.

“We would urge anyone who has not yet spoken to us about these events on September 5, to get in contact. Anyone with information that they think could assist us should call 101 and quote Operation Telly. We continue to be in the area and would urge anyone with concerns, questions, or information to approach us.”