First picture of man killed in ‘Uzi’ drive-by shooting in Harlesden
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This is the victim of the drive-by shooting in Harlesden last night which is believed to have been sparked by a robbery.
The dead man, who has been named locally as Oliver Tetlow, is believed to have been an innocent bystander caught up in the crossfire on Church Road
He was hit by bullets pumped out of a ‘high-powered weapon’ - thought to be an Uzi - just before 10pm.
According to locals the murder is a culmination of a feud between rivals from the Church End Estate and those living in South Kilburn.
A resident, who asked not to be named, said tensions have been high in the area for several days since a video showing a group of males from the Church End Estate taunting their rivals was posted online.
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The footage shows a man holding a gold watch and several pieces of jewellery which is believed to have been robbed from a South Kilburn rival.
A resident, who heard the shots being fired, said: “My son had gone out and when I heard the shots I flew out because I thought my son was there but he wasn’t.
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“When I got to the shop I saw the body and people were him resuscitating him.”
Another resident told the Times her teenage son had been warned not to be out in Church Road last night as ‘something would be going down’.
Saima Kobab and her husband Jabbar Butt moved into the area with their two young children in January.
She said: “Last night was very shocking. The shots sounded like a machine gun, continuous. I thought it was in front of my door and I was so scared, I was too frightened to open my curtain. Someone was crying. There was so much noise.”
She added: “I don’t know who lived here before. People are always knocking on the window, staring through it. The children are so scared to even play in the front room. It’s not safe here.
“There is a lot of drug dealing around here, on this corner, everywhere. They are always there. The police know there’s drug dealing on this road but I don’t know why there aren’t CCTV cameras here.”
Mike Diggins of Brent Autos told the Times: “I’ve been here since 1989 and it is quite a volatile area around here.”
Friends and relatives of Oliver visited the scene this afternoon where they laid flowers and paid tribute to him.
An uncle, who asked not to be named, told the Times his nephew was a good boy who was not involved in gangs.
He added: “He was very intelligent and very academic.
“We loved him, he was well loved and was not a bad boy.”
Detective Inspector Andy George, who is leading the murder hunt, is appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
He said: “This was a shocking murder with multiple shots fired from what is believed to be a high-powered weapon. My team are undertaking a number of active enquiries to trace the vehicle involved and its passengers. Forensic work at the scene is ongoing.
“We believe a number of people in the area witnessed what occurred and have yet to come forward. I would urge them and anyone else who has information regarding this incident to contact us right away.”
Anyone witnesses or with information should call 0208 358 0200 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.