Victim Named After Croydon Shooting

12th June 2017

Formal identification has taken place and the deceased is Tinodiwanashe Makwanya, 24 (03.07.92) from the Croydon area.

A post-mortem examination held on Sunday, 11 June at Croydon Mortuary gave the cause of death as a gun shot wound to the head.

A murder investigation was launched after police were called at 22:06 on Friday, 9 June, to reports of a shooting in Wellesley Road, Croydon.

Six minutes later, officers were notified that a 24-year-old man had been taken to a south London hospital suffering a gunshot injury to his head. Tinodiwanashe died upon arrival at the hospital.

Next of kin have been informed.

At this early stage, detectives believe that Tinodiwanashe was a passenger in a Volkswagen car which was being driven along Wellesley Road. A motorcyclist, with a pillion passenger, pulled up alongside the car and shots were fired.

The car driver - who suffered minor injuries - took the critically injured man to hospital, where police were alerted.

Detective Inspector Domenica Catino of the Homicide and Major Crime Command leads the investigation - she said:

"Croydon town centre would have been busy with people out and about on a Friday night and I would appeal to anyone who was in the area and saw the events unfolding to contact police.

"At this stage we retain an open mind to the motive for this shooting and our enquiries continue."

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4622. Alternatively contact police on 101 or via Twitter @MetCC.

To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the There have been no arrests.

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