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Police believe fatal shooting was ‘drive-by’ attack

Police say victim was shot at close range by gunman on moped

09 September, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

DETECTIVES investigating a fatal shooting in Kentish Town this evening (Monday) made an appeal for witnesses to come forward as they revealed they believe it was a ‘drive-by’ attack.

A 24-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene at the crossroads between Malden Road and Prince of Wales Road shortly after midnight. No arrests have been made so far.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Stancombe said: “Everything we have found out so far points to this being a drive-by shooting. We know that just before midnight a moped with a rider and pillion passenger drove north on Malden Road before waiting in Marsden Street for a short period of time. The moped then drove back down Malden Road before turning into Prince of Wales Road by the Fiddlers Elbow pub. The suspects then produced a firearm and shot the victim at close range.”

He added: “Forensic analysis and review of CCTV footage continues apace but we need witnesses to come forward.”

The New Journal reported earlier this evening how a painstaking search of the road was under way, with officers on hands and knees looking for clues before darkness fell. Drains were also inspected.

The case is not connected to the stab killing of a young mother a few streets away at a similar time.

In a direct message to the public asking for help, DCI Stancombe said: “Were you there? Did you hear anything suspicious? Did you see the moped matching the description making off? Did you see the mope and riders waiting in Marsden Street? My team are ready to take your call.”

The detective said investigators would like to speak to “passing motorists with dash-cam footage that captured parts of what took place”. A Toyota Prius, a Ford Focus and a motorbike were seen in the area and officers have appealed for the drivers and occupants to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0208 358 0200.

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