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UPDATED: Fifth person arrested following fatal shooting in Plumstead

News   •   Jun 25, 2019 12:00 BST

[Victim: Eniola Aluko]

Detectives investigating a fatal shooting in Plumstead have made a fifth arrest.

The 18-year-old man [E] was arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday, 15 June. He remains in custody at an east London police station.

Police were called to a car park on Hartville Road, SE18 at 16:54hrs on Friday, 14 June.

Armed officers, local officers, the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended.

A 19-year-old man was found with critical injuries and died at the scene a short time later.

His next of kin have been informed and formal identification has now taken place. He is Eniola Aluko from Thamesmead.

A post-mortem examination held on Saturday, 15 June, at Greenwich Mortuary gave cause of death as a gunshot wound to the neck and chest.

An incident room has opened under the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

Four other people - three males [A -17yrs; B – 16yrs; C – 16yrs] and a 17-year-old girl [D] - who were arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday, 14 June have been bailed until early July pending further enquiries.

Detective Inspector John Marriott, said: “I am continuing to appeal for anyone who was in the area at the time, who saw or heard anything suspicious to contact police.

“The shooting took place not far from Plumstead Railway Station and I would urge anyone who was commuting to or from this station to come forward. It was also sunny at the time and a number of people would have been enjoying the weather in the area of Plumstead Gardens; I need you to come forward.

“Although we have now made five arrests I am continuing to ask for your help to progress this investigation.”

The family of Eniola have released the following statement: “Eniola was a wonderful son who was looking forward to starting university later this year.

“Now all that life and opportunity has been torn away from him in the most cruel and heartless way.

“Eniloa loved his family and was deeply loved in return. 

“He was good, kind and respectful and we are struggling to understand why he has been taken from us.

“No family should be forced to endure, what we are now enduring.” 

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 3715 or via 101 quoting reference Cad 6004/14June.

Local residents can continue to expect an enhanced police presence in the area.

If there are any young people who either have information about violence or knife crime, they can visit www.fearless.org where they can pass on information anonymously. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.

If you need help or information to support someone you suspect is involved in knife crime, or you want assistance yourself, then you can visit www.knifefree.co.uk or LondonNeedsYouAlive.