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Gun crime at Elm Lane

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Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 19 August, 2005 - 03:46 pm:   

There is a yellow witness appeal board on Catford Hill next to Elm Lane. It says a man was dragged into Elm Lane by other men with a gun (on 11 August at about 11.55 a.m. - I think).
Does anyone know anything more about this, please?
Joined 30-03-2005
Posted on Tuesday, 23 August, 2005 - 03:49 pm:   

I found this article in the South London Press.

Where did shotgun victim go? Aug 19 2005

By Ben Ashford, South London Press

SHOTGUN thugs bundled a terrified man into a side street in broad daylight and opened fire.

Passing motorists watched in disbelief as the mob made a grab for their victim in busy Catford Hill and dragged him into Elm Lane.

They feared the worst when a single gunshot rang out - but when cops arrived the victim had vanished.

Officers found no trace of blood and nothing to suggest the man was hit by the blast.

They are desperate to trace him to establish whether the shooting, at 11.50am on August 11, was a bungled robbery, a gang-related shooting or a kidnap attempt.

A police spokesman said: "Officers attended but everyone had already left the scene. We believe a shot was fired but that no one was injured."

The five or six suspects - all mixed-race men - fled along Elm Lane, which borders playing fields.

The gang member seen wielding the gun was in his 30s, while his henchmen were all in their early 20s.

The spokesman added: "The victim has yet to make himself known to police. We would appeal for him or any witnesses to come forward."

Detectives from Operation Trident - the Met's specialist black-on-black gun crime squad - are investigating.

Information to 020 8785 8842 or Crime-stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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