Police Appeal After Firearm Discharge In London

27th October 2015

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a firearm was discharged and an unmarked police car was damaged in Willesden.

The unmarked car was parked in Mitchell Way, NW10 in the early hours of Saturday, 24 October as three plain clothes officers were carrying out enquiries.

Two of the officers were outside of the car, while the third remained inside. At approximately 00:25hrs a semi-automatic firearm was discharged in the vicinity, causing damage to the front of the car and to surrounding street furniture.

The suspect is described as a black male, believed aged in his late teens or early 20s, of slim build and wearing dark clothing.

There were no injuries following the incident.

It has been established that at least 14 shots were fired during the incident - the weapon used was a submachine gun.

Initial witness enquiries also mentioned two people seen cycling along Mitchell Way, in the direction of Wrights Place, around the same time of the incident. It is not known if they were involved, but they could hold vital information.

Detectives from the Trident and Area Crime Command investigate. Detective Inspector Glenn Butler, said:

"I would ask anyone who was in the area of Mitchell Way in the early hours of Saturday, 24 October and saw or heard anything which may assist our investigation to get in contact with the police.

"Enquiries still continue to establish who was the intended target of this firearm discharge but whatever the motive, the actions of this person or persons shows a blatant disregard as anyone could have been injured.

"You can call officers in the strictest of confidence or report anything anonymously to Crimestoppers."

Superintendent Nigel Quantrell of Brent Borough said:

"This incident once again highlights the dangers police officers face as they go about their business of keeping London safe.

"Trident continues to investigate the circumstances but, on the face of it, this appears to have been a random firearm discharge. Thankfully, these sorts of incidents are incredibly rare but I would urge the community to provide any information which could assist catching whoever is responsible."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Trident on 0208 358 0711 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

There have been no arrests; enquiries continue.

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