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Further appeal for information after Enfield man shot dead

News   •   Feb 15, 2018 06:00 GMT

Bulent Kabala

Detectives investigating a murder in north London have named the victim as they continue to appeal for information about the 'targeted hit'.

Police were called at 23.44hrs on Monday, 12 February, to Mount Pleasant, at the junction with Edgeworth Road, Barnet EN4 to reports of shots fired.

Officers attended, including specialist firearms officers, and found the man suffering from gunshot wounds. Despite the best efforts of London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance colleagues, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 00.15hrs.

Next of kin have been informed. While formal identification has yet to take place, officers are satisfied that the victim is Bulent Kabala, 41, (05.10.76) of Enfield. His next of kin have been informed.

A post-mortem examination is due to be held on Thursday, 15 February, at Northwick Park mortuary.

There have been no arrests.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh of the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the investigation, said: "Our investigation is in its early stages, but everything would suggest that this was a targeted 'hit'.

"I want to build up a picture of why someone would have wanted to kill Bulent Kabala.

"Bulent was driving a silver Mercedes, which he had been using in his work as a taxi driver. For some reason, Bulent appears to have got out of his car having started to negotiate a roundabout when a number of suspects got out of a blue van and several shots were fired, fatally wounding Bulent.

"The suspects then got back into the van and drove from the scene in the direction of Edgeworth Road, turning right into Park Road.

"It is vital that we hear from anyone who witnessed this incident, and from anyone who can help us understand more about Bulent's life and the people he associated with.

"Any fragment of information could assist the investigation. Please do not assume that we already have your information.

"I understand that some people may be reluctant to call police, but we urgently need your assistance in building up a picture of Bulent's life and the events surrounding his death. Your call will be treated in the strictest of confidence."

Anyone with information can contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or tweet @MetCC. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.