LONDON — A man who was shot in a car during riots in London died in hospital Tuesday from his injuries, police said, becoming the first fatality from three days of unrest in the capital.

The 26-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to his head late Monday in Croydon, a south London suburb where several buildings were burned down during the riots, the Metropolitan Police said.

Police said he had travelled to Croydon with some friends, and they got into a row with another group of people, which ended in a car chase involving three vehicles.

Two men were arrested at the scene on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

Police from Operation Trident, which specialises in gun crime within the black community, have now launched a murder investigation.

The wave of riots across London and in some other cities was triggered by another shooting last week -- although on that occasion it was by police.

Mark Duggan, 29, was killed by armed officers on Thursday in Tottenham, north London, after they stopped the taxi he was in during an attempted arrest as part of Operation Trident.

A probe into Duggan's death heard on Tuesday that he was killed by a single gunshot wound to the chest.