Kilburn gun murder: Man arrested and victim is named as 21-year-old Yasir Beshira
PUBLISHED: 10:09 12 December 2016 | UPDATED: 10:10 12 December 2016
A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 21-year-old who was shot dead in Kilburn High Road.
Yasir Beshira was shot in the stomach as he walked along the street last Thursday at around 5.20pm.
He managed to cross the road before collapsing at the junction of Netherwood Street.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The gunman, who was alone and wearing a hooded top and jeans, fled the scene on foot in the direction of Palmerston Road towards the Webheath Estate,
On Saturday, a 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of Mr Beshira’s murder.
He is currently in police custody.
Yosif Walied, supervisor at Doner Kebab German Doner on Kilburn High Road, told the Times he heard a loud bang and saw Yasir cross the road before he collapsed on the pavement.
He added: “This is a busy street and he was shot when lots of people were around.
“In the past Kilburn had a bad reputation for knife crime, but something like this to happen again is insane.
“We all feel a bit afraid and very shocked.”
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge, who is leading the murder hunt, is appealing for anyone with information or witnesses to come forward.
He said: “I believe this person was loitering in and around Palmerston Road and the Webheath Estate prior to the attack.
“Following the incident he fled along Palmerston Road and into the Webheath Estate. It is my view that this suspect would have stood out hanging around at this location and certainly when he fled through the estate following the attack.
“If anyone saw a person fitting this description either before or after the attack, I am appealing for them to come forward to assist the investigation.”
He added: “We have had a positive initial response from the local community and a number of witnesses have already come forward.
“We know the area was extremely busy at the time of the shooting. I am convinced that other members of the public have either seen the incident itself, or have seen the suspect arrive at the scene or flee after the shooting.
“If you saw or heard anything please do contact our incident room. Any information provided to us will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.
“Detectives investigating the murder are continuing to work alongside local officers and remain at the scene, so the community will see an increased police presence in the local area.
“Some of these officers will be carrying out reassurance patrols; they are happy to talk to any community members who wish to speak to police about concerns following this shocking incident.”
Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8358 0300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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