Case: Shot dead in cold blood: Syed Mehdi
Syed Mehdi
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Doorman Syed Mehdi, 23, was shot dead outside the Blue Ice bar in Ilford at around 11.35pm on March 1, 2008.

Mr Mehdi, a Pakistani national who lived in Ilford, died in hospital four days after the attack in Cranbrook Road. A second victim, aged 37, suffered bullet wounds to his back but survived.

A £20,000 reward is still on offer for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the suspect caught on CCTV footage.

The suspect, described as a black male, aged between 17 and 25 and wearing a grey hooded top, black jeans and black shoes with white laces, approached the victims on foot before firing shots from a handgun.

Before the shooting he was caught on CCTV stopping three men in Cranbrook Road to ask for directions, about 150 metres from the bar. After the murder he ran off towards Ilford High Street.

DC Jon Williams, investigating officer from Trident said: "It has been more than four years since Mr Mehdi was gunned down in the street and we hope the passage of time may prompt people to now come forward.

"We would like to speak in confidence to anyone with information - no matter how small they may think it is - and we are keen to trace the potential witnesses.

"We would like to reassure these men that they're not in trouble - we would just like to speak to you to see if you have any information that might be useful to us."

Anyone with information that could assist police can call the incident room on 020 8733 4758 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder in April 2008 but were later released with no further action.

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