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£10,000 reward in hunt for gunman who blinded teenager

PUBLISHED: 18:46 18 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:38 05 October 2010

Malik... blinded by gunman and (inset) before the shooting

Malik... blinded by gunman and (inset) before the shooting

POLICE this week are offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever tried to kill teenager Abdul Malik (pictured) with a pump-action shotgun through the head. The 19-year-old was an innocent bystander who was blinded by the horrifying attack on Easter Monday in East London almost a-year-and-a-half ago. Now, 17 months, on detectives are still searching for witnesses and information

Mike Brooke

POLICE this week are offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever tried to kill teenager Abdul Malik (pictured) with a pump-action shotgun through the head.

He was an innocent bystander who has been blinded by the horrifying attack on Easter Monday in East London almost a-year-and-a-half ago, Scotland Yard said today.

No-one has been charged, but 17 months on detectives from the Met Police Operation Trident are still searching for witnesses and information.

Abdul, known as Malik,’ was 19 at the time. He was talking to friends in the street when he was blinded in a drive by’ shooting on April 9, 2007.

He was taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel with gunshot wounds.

His condition was critical and it was some months before he was well enough to be released and to return home.

A red Vauxhall Vectra was seen pulling up to him in Harold Road, Plaistow, and a shot was fired from inside.

The car, registration number T243 MPP, then sped off towards Green Street.

Detectives believe the shot was fired from a pump-action shotgun through the offside window in the back of the car.

Four youths in the car, including the one who shot at Malik, were described as Asian and in their late teens to early 20s.

“Malik was entirely innocent, simply standing in the street talking to his friends when he was shot,” said Det Chief Ins Paul Bourne who is heading the hunt.

“I believe this was a case of mistaken identity.

“His injuries were dreadful and they very nearly ended his life.

“But he is now trying to rebuild his life with the help of his family and friends who have provided him with phenomenal support throughout.”

He added: “Malik bravely continues to help us make appeals, demonstrating the horrific consequences of gun crime, in the hope of encouraging witnesses to come forward—we still need help from the community.”

Four men arrested in connection with the attack were later released with no further action.

Police are appealing for anyone who has information to call Operation Trident on 020-8733 6217, or to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.

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