A MAN gunned down in a drive-by shooting last night has been pictured for the first time since his brutal killing, The Sun reports. The tragic victim has been named locally as Oliver and his uncle has described him as “a good boy”. The 20-year-old was blasted at close range by at least four shots in rapid sucession in Harlesden, north-west London, at roughly 10pm last night.
His uncle, who has not been named, said: “He was a good boy. We love him. He was well loved. He was not a bad boy. “He was a very intelligent, academic kid and he was well loved.” Reports on social media claim two rappers have had an ongoing war for months – culminating in the horror killing last night.
Followers of the pair online have claimed the row escalated after one stole jewellery off the other and posted a taunting video of the robbed goods on Instagram. Locals have described the area where Oliver was killed as the “ends” of a grime artist involved in the feud. While many were quick to suggest the rapper was behind the shooting, others remarked anyone could have used the ongoing feud to cover up the crime.
Twitter user SB posted: “It coulda been anyone that was looking to smoke Church Road guys. Used the opportunity to do it and let social media fabricate a story for them.” The accused rapper himself was quick to dispell the rumours on Twitter, saying: “All u bloggers need to stop talking s***. I have nothing to do with what happened or is happening.
“People are taking advantage of a siutation. You lot don’t realise rumours and blames can get people in trouble. “That’s exactly what happens when people are being silly. Social media is bait and gets used in the wrong way. “People promoting bulls*** now look at the situation. This has nothing to do with me.”
Witnesses said six shots were fired in quick succession from a blacked-out hatchback in the “terrifying” shooting. Members of the public tried to resuscitate Oliver but he was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency services. He died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and stomach.
Det Insp Andy George from the Met Police 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. “We believe a number of people in the area witnessed what occurred and have yet to come forward.”
Streets surrounding the junction where he was shot were sealed off by armed cops as murder detectives launched an investigation. Vinod Patel, 48, a builder who lives nearby told the Evening Standard: “I was relaxing watching TV when I heard about six shots like a machine gun. “I went outside and saw people running towards him. He’d been shot in the chest and stomach but was still breathing.
“One man was trying to help and feeling his pulse. It was all so quick but he didn’t make it.” He said a woman arrived about 15 minutes later “shouting, crazy and upset in a serious way”. Vinod added: “I don’t know if she was a relative but she was out of control.” An 18-year-old witness said: “I was in the Cash and Carry and I heard a shot and came outside and at least another two shots went off really rapidly. It sounded like a machine gun.
“They shot him from point-blank range. They were going slowly at the time and then sped off down the street. The car had tinted windows so you couldn’t see inside.” He added: “There are gangs in this area but this level violence is terrifying. That an innocent man has been caught up in it like this is just shocking. I just hope they catch them.”
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “Police were called at 9.58pm on Wednesday to reports of a shooting in Church Road at the junction with Conley Road. “Officers, firearms officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found a man in his late twenties with gun shot injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Next of kin have yet to be informed. Formal identification and a post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course. “At this early stage officers believe that the victim was shot by a male suspect who fled the scene in a vehicle.
“No arrests have been made and enquires continue.”