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UPDATE: Murder investigation launched in Haringey

News   •   May 19, 2020 17:31 BST

Detectives investigating a fatal shooting in Haringey are appealing for witnesses and information as they carry out a number of fast time enquiries to identify those responsible. 

Whilst officers continue to establish the full circumstances of the incident, it is believed that the 27-year-old victim was killed in a case of mistaken identity.

Police were called at 20.22hrs on Monday, 18 May to an address on Wiltshire Gardens, N4 following reports that shots had been fired and a man injured. 

Both armed and local officers attended the scene along with the London Ambulance Service and found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to his head. Despite the best efforts of emergency services, sadly he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers. We await formal identification.

A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place at Haringey Mortuary on Thursday, 21 May.

Following the incident, extensive cordons were put in place to allow officers to carry out vital enquiries. A number of those cordons remain. A Section 60 was also authorised for the borough of Haringey, and has been renewed for this evening, Tuesday, 19 May.

It is believed the victim was shot after he opened the door to two suspects, who were wearing dark clothing and motorcycle helmets. Following the incident the suspects left the scene on a moped, heading towards Finsbury Park Avenue.

Officers from the Specialist Crime North Command are investigating and have been conducting numerous enquiries. At this time no arrests have been made. 

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge, said: “This was a cowardly attack on an innocent man who was shot dead on his own doorstep. Although at an early stage of the investigation, I strongly suspect that he was not the intended target of this attack; making this case all the more tragic. 

“It would have still been light when the shooting took place and I’m hoping there are people out there who saw something who we’ve not yet spoken to. Did you see a moped arrive or leaving the scene? Did you see it travelling along Finsbury Park Avenue or any of the streets nearby? Are you a driver with dashcam footage of the moped leading up to or after the incident? Any information passed to us will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Treena Fleming, Commander of the Met’s North Area Command Unit, said: “This is a harrowing incident and our immediate thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends at this devastating time. An experienced and dedicated team of detectives are doing all they can to identify those responsible and bring them to justice. 

“I know that members of the community will naturally be very concerned and shocked. Whilst incidents of this nature are rare, that doesn’t detract from the impact this will have had; and I want to reassure local residents that we will continue to work closely with community leaders, key stakeholders and the local authority to update them and provide reassurance. It is at times like this that communities need to come together and support each other. In the meantime residents will see an increased number of officers patrolling in the area to offer reassurance.

"Please approach these officers and relay any concerns you have or pass on any information which could assist us in helping to keep you safe.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information should call the incident room on 020 8358 0300, or call 101 quoting CAD 7506/18May, tweet @Met CC or contact Crimestoppers, 100% anonymously, via 0800 555 111.

+ 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. It is 100 per cent anonymous. They never ask your name and cannot trace your call or IP address.