Running man wanted in connection with Paddington murder

Detectives investigating the murder of an innocent electrician are appealing for help to trace a man who was seen running from the scene, writes Lorraine King. Daniel Omari Smith, 22, from Queen s Park, was gunned down outside KFC in Harrow Road, Padding

Detectives investigating the murder of an innocent electrician are appealing for help to trace a man who was seen running from the scene, writes Lorraine King.

Daniel Omari Smith, 22, from Queen's Park, was gunned down outside KFC in Harrow Road, Paddington, on May 22 as he approached his car.

Investigating officers believe he was shot in a case of mistaken identity.

Yesterday (Tuesday), detectives released a description of a man they would like to speak to in connection with Mr Smith's killing.

The man is black, of a light-skinned complexion, aged around 25 and approximately 6ft1in tall.

At the time he was wearing dark clothing and was seen running into Marylands Road seconds after Mr Smith was shot.

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The former pupil of Cardinal Hinsley School in Harlesden Road, Harlesden, has just bought a meal for his mother and two sisters, who he lived with, when the killer struck at 12.15am.

Investigating officers are looking into whether he was mistakenly targeted in a feud between youths from the Mozart estate in Queen's Park and those in south Kilburn,

DCI John Crossley, from Operation Trident, the Met's specialist team that probes gun crime in London, is leading the man hunt.

He said: "We believe this is a case of mistaken identity.

"Daniel was a hard-working young family man, who was an innocent victim of gun crime.

"We know there were members of the public present in the area and would strongly urge to come forward to speak to us.

"We really need the community's help to find the perpetrator/s and get justice for Daniel's family."

Anyone who has information or who can identify the described man or is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8733 4704 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.