Case: Tower block shooting: Chleve Massi
Clheve Massi
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Gang
Case synopsis:

Chleve Massi, 24, was shot dead moments after arriving at a party at a tower block in Thamesmead.

He suffered a gunshot wound to the chest as he entered the hallway of the 13th floor flat at the Sark Tower at around 4.30am on 1 February 2015.

Mr Massi, who was studying a diploma in engineering at the College of North West London, was carried out of the flat by friends and driven from the scene in Erebus Drive in a Ford Focus.

Police officers spotted the car stopped in Western Way and Mr Massi was taken to hospital. He was pronounced dead at 6.30am and a postmortem gave the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest.

There were said to be around 35 people present at the time of the shooting.

At least 21 people were arrested during the investigation, including five on suspicion of murder.

On 26 May 2017 Scion Fogah-Brown, 24 (8/6/92), of no fixed address, was charged with murder. He was acquitted of murder on 20 December 2017 after a trial at the Old Bailey but was convicted of possession of a firearm and violent disorder.

Fogah-Brown was sentenced to eight years imprisonment on 8 January 2018.

The prosecution claimed Fogah-Brown was known as 'Hitman' and associated with the  'Green Gang' from Wood Green N22 which was involved in a feud with the rival 'Grey Gang' from Hornsey N8.

He was at the party when Mr Massi and his friends - who were said to be linked to the Grey Gang - entered the flat shortly after 4am.

Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC told jurors: 'Little did they realise that among the guests of the party would be members of the Green Gang.

'The door was opened and they began to make their way along the corridor to the front room.

'They were not to get very far before the sound of gunshots rang out.

'It is not clear who fired first or why they did it but one of the bullets struck Chleve Massi in the chest and shattered his spinal column.'

Mr Massi, who came to the UK from Congo in 2002 to join his family after they fled the civil war, was instantly paralysed from the waist down but was carried into the lift and then out of the block of flats by his friends.

Further shots were fired outside the block of flats as they tried to get him into the car and Mr Massi was hit in the leg.

It was claimed Fogah-Brown was the gunman who fired the fatal shot in the flat and that he was forensically linked to the gun which was found discarded in a bush near the scene.

CCTV cameras captured Fogah-Brown running down the staircase after the shooting.

Fogah-Brown denied firing the fatal shot and claimed he took the gun from another man outside the block of flats in an attempt to stop the violence. He denied involvement in any gang feud.

Judge Nicholas Cooke QC said: 'I cannot form a detailed view because I do not have sufficient evidence of how you came into possession of that firearm but it was a loaded firearm.

'You left it on top of a bush in a residential area not knowing when it would be found.

'You didn't do anything to put it out of circulation, if you left it at the bottom of a bin or something I could be a little more charitable.

'This was a bad violent disorder because it involved firearms being discharged in a residential area.

'There is no place for that on the streets of this city and I have to deter it.'

Detectives had previously offered a £20,000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of those responsible but this has never been claimed.

DI Steven Keogh of the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC), said: "Although we’re disappointed that the jury was unable to return a guilty verdict in relation to the murder, they were able to find Fogah-Brown guilty of possessing a firearm and violent disorder, which means he will receive a custodial sentence."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Investigation Team on 020 8721 4812, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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