Police hunt after fatal gun attack

Detectives investigate shooting of 26-year-old victim in Queen’s Park

Friday, 22nd July — By Tom Foot

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THE gunshot killer of a man in Queen’s Park remains at large after detectives said they have released all seven people arrested earlier on suspicion of murder.

The Metropolitan Police Service said last night (Thursday) that all of the men held in custody on Tuesday had been let go without charge.

An autopsy and official identification was due to take place yesterday but the 26-year-old victim has been named on online forums as “Stutz”, who grew up in the Harrow Road area.

Detective Chief Superintendent Owain Richards, from the policing team in Westminster, said: “I understand the concern this will cause within the community and I’d like to reassure the public we will have additional officers in the area over the coming days to respond to anything that may be worrying you.”

Police and ambulance crews were called to Bruckner Street at 2am on Tuesday but could not find a victim. But soon after a 26-year-old was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital with gunshot injuries. He died a short time later.

On Tuesday the MPS said they had arrested seven men aged 21 to 27 on suspicion of murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Sal Minhas, who is leading the investigation, said: “My thoughts are with the family and friends of this young man as they come to terms with his tragic death. We will do everything we can do to support them.

“A dedicated team of detectives are working to establish exactly what happened and track down the person responsible. Officers will remain at the scene throughout the day and I would ask anyone with information about the incident to contact us immediately.

“Tackling violent crime remains a top priority for the Met and gun crime continues to reduce across London.

“However this incident is a stark reminder that we still have more to do in this area. We are working alongside the communities we serve to stop violence from happening in the first place.”

• Anyone with information is urged to call 101 and to quote CAD 597/19Jul. Or to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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