Police investigating the murder of Alexander Kareem in Shepherds Bush believe the motive to be mistaken identity.
Officers continue to investigate the circumstances that lead to the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Alexander, who was found with gunshot wounds on Askew Road at 00:40hrs on Monday, 08 June.
Investigations have so far been centered on a burned out white Range Rover that was found near the scene on Ascott Avenue, just 25 minutes after the police were called.
A vast CCTV operation is ongoing and detectives are continuing to appeal for information now they believe the shooting to be a case of mistaken identity.
Alexander’s family have released the following tribute to their son and brother:
“Alex was a loving and caring boy who was loved by so many. He was so enthusiastic about what he did, he loved IT and computers. He loved to see his friends, like any other young boy.
“His life was tragically cut short by such a senseless act of violence which no one should ever have to endure. He will never have the ability to grow up and live the life we all can, he had plans to go to university in September.
“We are truly heartbroken at the loss. We want anyone who has any information to come forward. We were not there to help Alex in his last moments but we can help him now, as can you, the public. He was so loved and we will miss him for ever.”
Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley from Specialist Crime is leading the investigation. He said: “Investigations continue into this awful murder. All lines of inquiry point to this being a tragic case of mistaken identity. Alexander did nothing wrong that night, he simply left a convenience store.
“The people who did this must be brought to justice, they ruthlessly shot down an innocent man in the street with no care of the consequences.
“We continue to urge anyone with information to come forward. These people do not deserve your protection, they set out to cause harm. Alexander’s family are heartbroken to have lost their son, brother and friend who has played no part in any violence.”
Chief Superintendent Helen Harper, Borough Commander for Central West, said: “We continue to have the friends and family of Alexander in our thoughts. We will do all we can to locate who is responsible for this act of violence.
“I understand the community will be shocked and anxious about this attack. We are in regular contact with community leaders and local authorities to provide reassurance. I encourage anyone who feels concerned or frightened to speak with officers who continue to patrol the area.
“Rest assured we are working round the clock to locate those involved. Violence of this nature will not be tolerated in our communities.
“In recent weeks we have seen incredible acts of community spirit, I hope that anyone with information will come forward to help us bring those responsible to justice.”
Any witnesses or anyone with any information should call 101 quoting CAD224/08June, or tweet @MetCC.
If you have information about this incident, or information about someone you suspect to be carrying a weapon and you do not want to speak to police, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website https://crimestoppers-uk.org/. It is 100 per cent anonymous. They never ask your name and cannot trace your call or IP address. They have put in place a £10,000 reward for information.