CCTV Image Issued After Uxbridge Shooting
10th February 2015
A week on from the murder of a man in Uxbridge, detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses and information and have released a CCTV image of a potential suspect.
Father-of-three Redwan El-Ghaidouni, 38, was shot while inside his parked car on the driveway of his home in Vine Lane just before 19:00hrs on Tuesday, 3 February.
He had been approached by a lone male suspect who fired a number of shots into the vehicle before making off on foot.
Detectives are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen something suspicious or out of the ordinary in the mostly residential area that evening.
Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen a man loitering in the Vine Lane or St Andrews Road area before the murder or saw our suspect making off on foot afterwards.
"Maybe he got into a vehicle - did you see any unfamiliar vehicles in the area at that time?
"We would also be interested to hear from anyone who may have seen someone suspicious or any unfamiliar vehicle on the estate in the days or weeks leading up to the murder.
"It seems unlikely the suspect was acting entirely alone - perhaps you saw more than one person hanging around the area. The suspect was wearing a fairly distinctive dark hooded top with a large motif on the front - perhaps you noticed this item of clothing?"
On Tuesday, 3 February police were called by the London Ambulance Service shortly before 19.00hrs to Vine Lane at the junction with St Andrews Road following reports of a shooting.
London's Air Ambulance also attended and Mr El-Ghaidouni, who had just arrived home from work at a car dealership, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 20:00hrs. A post-mortem examination awaits.
The suspect made off on foot through an alleyway that leads to Saunders Road. He turned the corner where he was caught on one CCTV camera before running in the direction of Dowding Road. As well as the hooded top, he was wearing bottoms, dark gloves and dark shoes or trainers.
One line of enquiry being explored by detectives is the victim's background and history.
DCI McHugh said: "We do believe this was a targeted attack and part of our enquiries are focussed on Mr El-Ghaidouni's past.
"He was linked to criminality and had recently served a sentence for drug importation. Did someone have a grievance against him related to drugs or other criminality?
"This was a brutal murder which was clearly well-planned and I'm sure there are several people out there who know why Mr El-Ghaidouni was killed. Please approach us in confidence."
Detectives are keen to speak to people who had contact that day with Mr El-Ghaidouni but in particular anyone who spoke to him or met him after he left work around 17:20hrs and before he arrived home.
Officers will be returning to the scene between 16:00hrs and 20:00hrs on Tuesday, 10 February, handing out appeal leaflets and trying to trace potential new witnesses.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Mr El-Ghaidouni's partner, Samantha Taitt, said today: "I was expecting my beloved Redwan to return home from work to look after our three children. As he arrived home he was executed and he never stood a chance.
"Our three young children will now grow up without their loving father. His mother, father and siblings are left without a son and brother.
"We would like to appeal to the public to assist the police with any information they can provide. We are left numb with pain and he will be greatly missed."
Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For more information visit www.met.police.uk