Man in his 20s is shot dead at point-blank range in broad daylight ‘by an attacker on a moped’ on north London street
- The victim was shot a t point-blank range in Islington, north London at 3.20pm
- Police have identified today’s murder victim and notified his next of kin
- Officers want to speak with anyone who may have dash cam footage of the area
- Police and paramedics battled to save the man’s life who died at the scene
A man in his 20s was blasted at point-blank range seven times in Islington, north London this afternoon by a killer on a moped.
The victim was shot at 3.20pm and died at the scene.
According to Scotland Yard: ‘Officers attended with LAS and found a man, believed to be aged in his early 20s, suffering from gunshot injuries.
One friend of the victim said: ‘It’s more shocking that he was shot rather than stabbed’.
Scenes of crime officers have begun a forensic examination of the scene on Roman Way, Islington where a man in his 20s was shot dead earlier this afternoon
Witnesses claim the victim was shot by a gunman on a moped who fired up to seven rounds
Police are appealing for information from anyone who may have witnessed today’s attack
A man in his 20s was shot and killed on Roman Way, Islington at 3.20pm today
Chief Superintendent Raj Kohli described this afternoon’s murder as a ‘pointless death’
‘Despite their best efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
‘Next of kin have been informed.’
One witness, who saw the murder from his window said: ‘I heard around seven shots, ran to window, and a guy on a bike or moped rode off.
‘He was looking back. When I looked to the park, I could see a guy staggering then fell.
‘That was it then police came. They are taping the area now… No one’s allowed to leave.’
The witness who heard gunshots from his window in Islington added: ‘There’s always crime around here, the shooting is shocking, but not much of a surprise.
‘It’s not nice though, especially near the local park.’
The investigation is being led by detectives from Specialist Crime (Homicide).
A full forensic examination is taking place at the scene searching for evidence while officers are canvassing the area looking for witnesses.
Nobody has been arrested yet in connection with the investigation.
Police and paramedics battled to save the man’s life who was declared dead at the scene
Police are especially keen to talk to anyone who may have been driving along Roman Way around 3.20pm and have dash cam footage.
Scotland Yard said: ‘The public have a huge role in helping to both prevent and detect crime. We need to hear from anyone who has information about this 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.’
Police believe the killer approached his victim on a moped before opening fire
One witness claimed they heard around seven shots as the victim was gunned down
A man from the area, who did not wish to be named, said he ‘knew the victim well’, having heard their identity from a friend.
‘I’ve grown up around the Caledonian Road for the majority of my younger life, I stopped hanging around on the streets in around 2016 but I have a lot of connections to the area still.
‘He was just one of the younger kids from my area who I knew from my time in hanging around on the Caledonian Road/Bemerton estate, I saw him a few weeks ago near Paradise Park.
‘It’s very sad and I feel for his family… but this young man is probably the 10th person I know from the borough to die due to violence so it’s hardly a shock anymore.’
‘It’s more shocking that he was shot rather than stabbed if anything.
‘The Caledonian Road has a huge problem with gang rivalries… the rivalries are not dying out as the generations change, they are getting worse and I really don’t have any answers on what we can do to change that.’