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Ilford shooting: Appeal for witnesses of ‘ruthless killing’ of Poplar teen one week on

PUBLISHED: 07:54 28 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:22 28 March 2017

Abdifatah Sheikhey. Picture: Met Police

Abdifatah Sheikhey. Picture: Met Police

Met Police

Detectives continue to appeal for witnesses, one week on from the murder of a 19-year-old.

Abdifatah Sheikhey, who was known as Abdi, was shot and fatally wounded in Ilford last Tuesday.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 10.10pm to Bedford Road at the junction with Ilford Lane to reports of a man unconscious after being shot.

Officers and paramedics found Abdi, from Poplar, suffering from gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene at 11.22pm.

A post-mortem examination at East Ham Mortuary gave cause of death as a gunshot wound to the heart.

Abdi’s next of kin have been informed and have released a photo of Abdi to assist the appeal.

Abdi was sitting in the passenger seat of a black Mercedes saloon when a white BMW X4 pulled up beside his vehicle.

A person got out of this car, armed with a handgun, and shot Abdi while he sat helpless.

Detectives believe that the shooting took place in Woodlands Road, and the vehicle containing Abdi was driven the short distance to Bedford Road.

The gunman then made off in the BMW, which was found abandoned the next day in Express Drive, Goodmayes.

There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

Det Ch Insp Chris Jones from the Homicide and Major Crime Command said: “We urgently need the assistance of the public to find those responsible for this ruthless killing of a young man.

“We are appealing for witnesses to the shooting and also anyone who saw this distinctive BMW being used or abandoned.

“Abdi’s family are inconsolable and your information could help bring to justice those responsible for this heinous crime.”

Any witnesses, or anyone with any information, is asked to call detectives at the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or police on 101, or via Twitter @MetCC.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via the crimestoppers-uk.org web site.

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