Arrests After "Mistaken Identity" Shooting

12th March 2016

A 29-year-old man was arrested at around 23:50hrs on Friday, 11 March. He was arrested in the Shepherd's Bush area on suspicion of murder.

Earlier that day an 18-year-old man was arrested in Harlesden. He was arrested at around 16:00hrs on suspicion of robbery.

Both men remain in custody.

Police were called at 21:58hrs on Wednesday, 9 March, to reports of a shooting in Church Road at the junction with Conley Road, NW10.

Officers, including firearms officers, attended along with London Ambulance Service. They found a man in his late 20s with gunshot injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Although officers await formal identification, they are satisfied that the deceased is Oliver Tetlow, 27, (3.11.88) from the Harlesden area.

A post-mortem examination held on 11 March at Northwick Park hospital mortuary gave cause of death as gunshot wounds.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact police on 020 8358 0200 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Lawson of the Homicide and Major Crime Command has appealed to anyone who may have images or footage of the shooting to contact the incident room or Crimestoppers.

DCI Lawson said: "The investigation to identify and arrest those responsible for this senseless murder is moving at a very fast pace, and I would like to thank everyone who has so far come forward and spoken to the police.

"At this early stage in the investigation, we are exploring that the shooting was gang related - however I am satisfied that the victim was not the intended target and this was a tragic case of mistaken identity.

"Early indications are that shots were fired from an automatic weapon, although a firearm has not been recovered so we cannot speculate on the exact type.

"We do know that the victim was shot by a male who got out of a dark coloured vehicle. After the shooting, this vehicle then travelled south along Church Street towards Harlesden Town Centre. I would like to hear from anyone who saw a vehicle which perhaps caught their attention.

We are aware of information about the murder which is circulating via social media, and I would appeal to anyone who has information which could assist the investigation to contact police."



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