Intended targets in mistaken identity murder outside KFC in Paddington are traced by cops

Detectives investigating the murder of an innocent man as he left a takeaway shop may have identified the intended targets of his killers, writes Lorraine king. Daniel Omari Smith from Queen s Park, was shot dead outside KFC in Harrow Road, Paddington, o

Detectives investigating the murder of an innocent man as he left a takeaway shop may have identified the intended targets of his killers, writes Lorraine king.

Daniel Omari Smith from Queen's Park, was shot dead outside KFC in Harrow Road, Paddington, on May 22 at 12.15am, in a case of mistake identity.

Investigating officers from Operation Trident, the Met's specialist team that probes gun crime in London, have tracked down two men who were in the chicken shop ten minutes before who they believe the killer was aiming for.

Simmering tensions between youths from the Mozart Estate in Queen's Park and those living in south Kilburn are speculated to have culminated n Mr Smith's ruthless murder.


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Following Mr Smith's killing, officers from Westminster and Brent Police rolled out 'Section 60' a controversial measure that allows police to stop and search people without any reasonable suspicion across both boroughs to deter any reprisals.

DI Mike Brookes, who is leading the murder hunt, told the Times the two men have gang-related connections and have been spoken to by the police.

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Despite a public outcry about the senseless killing of the 22-year-old electrician, a former pupil of Cardinal Hinsley school in Harlesden, detectives have received very little information from the shocked community.

DI Brooks said: "There is always a wall of silence that protects killers in these types of killings.

"I don't know if people are too frightened to speak out or don't think it's their business.

"But it is their business as Daniel's killers were brazen and random and shows they just don't care. This could have easily been your mother, father, sister or brother. How would anyone who is keeping silent feel if it was there loved one who was shot.

"There is only one way to stop the killings and that's to speak out. We will work with the community and use special measure to protect people.

"Until people do, the gunmen are being giving free licence to do what ever they want to do.

"People need to speak out and say 'enough is enough'.

"Daniel was completely innocent. He was not involved in any crime or criminality and someone out there must know who killed him.

"Maybe a mother or father saw their son behaving suspiciously that night or maybe the killer is out there bragging about what they did.

"If these types of killings are to stop it has to start in the community."

Anyone with information about Daniel Smith's murder should call the incident room on 020 8733 4704 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Two men, aged 21, who were arrested last month in connection with Mr Smith's murder have been bailed to return to a police station at the end of July.

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