Two men arrested on suspicion of killing innocent man outside Paddington KFC

Murder cops are questioning pair over the murder of 24-year-old Daniel Smith

TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of killing an innocent electrician outside a takeaway shop in Paddington.

The pair aged 23 and 48 are currently being question in connection with the murder of Daniel Smith who was gunned down on May 22 this year.

The 22-year-old from the Mozart Estate in Queen’s Park, was shot dead as he left the KFC in Harrow Road at 12.15am.

Detectives from Operation Trident, the Met’s specialist team that investigates gun crime in London, believe Mr Smith was an innocent victim in a case of mistaken identity.

Mr Smith, a former pupil of Cardinal Hinsley school (which has since been renamed Newham Catholic College) in Harlesden, was walking to his car with his chicken meal when he was gunned down.

Detectives have identified two potential witnesses who were in the area at the time of his murder and DI Mark Brookes, who is leading the murder hunt, is appealing for the trio to come forward.

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He said: “There was a woman aged around early 20s, black, wearing a distinctive black baseball cap with a letter P on the front, and also a white man with brown hair and glasses carrying a briefcase.

“We really do need them to come forward. Their information could be vital.

“If they are frightened we can offer witness protection, which our team are very experienced in.”

A �20,000 reward is on offer for information leading to the conviction of Mr Smith’s killers.

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8733 4704 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A total of seven men aged between 21 to 30 have been arrested in connection with Mr Smith’s murder.

One has been released with no further action and the remaining six have been bailed to return to a police station later this month.