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Eighth arrest in connection with the murder of Alexander Kareem

News   •   Aug 12, 2020 16:00 BST

Detectives investigating the murder of 20-year-old Alexander Kareem in Shepherds Bush on Monday, 8 June, have arrested an eighth person. 

[H] A 17-year-old male from Ealing was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to a London police station. He has been bailed to return in mid-August.

This follows seven other people being arrested on suspicion of murder on Tuesday, 4 August:

[A] A 24-year-old man from Brent;
[B] An 18-year-old man from Ealing;
[C] A 23-year-old man from Ealing;
[D] A 20-year-old man from Hounslow;
[E] A 16-year-old boy from Ealing;
[F] A 20-year-old man from Ealing;
[G] A 35-year-old woman from Hounslow.

All seven people have been bailed to dates in mid to late August.

This follows an extensive investigation, which has seen hours of CCTV poured over to find the route taken by a white Range Rover which officers believe to be involved in the shooting.

Alexander had just been to the convenience store and was riding a scooter to a friend’s address when he was shot.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley, Specialist Crime Team, who leads the investigation said: “This is a significant development in the investigation, however we will not be complacent. We will continue to work hard to make sure those responsible are brought to justice. I believe this murder to have been a case of mistaken identity, perpetrated recklessly and with no regard whatsoever for human life.

“Alexander’s death is a tragic reminder that carrying a gun has devastating consequences, I urge anyone with information to come forward and speak with us.”

Anyone with information can contact police by calling 101, Tweet @MetCC or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

+ The public play a huge role in helping to both prevent and detect crime. We need their help to identify those willing to commit terrible acts and carry weapons. We need to hear from anyone who has information about a crime, or about someone they suspect to be carrying a weapon or involved in organised crime.

If you don’t want to speak to the police, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They are a totally independent charity and you remain 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or device you use.

Advice and support is also available through organisations including Knife Free and the Met's website

If you are a young person and don’t want to speak to the police, contact Fearless. They are a totally independent charity and remain 100 per cent anonymous, they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call IP address or device you use.