The fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy in Walthamstow three years ago remains a mystery, reports James Cracknell
A fresh police appeal has been issued for information that could help catch the killers of a teenager – three years after he was gunned down outside Walthamstow Leisure Centre.
The detective leading the search for the killers of 16-year-old Amaan Shakoor in 2018 have urged his associates to “break the wall of silence” surrounding his death.
Amaan was in the Markhouse Road area outside Kelmscott Leisure Centre – since renamed Walthamstow Leisure Centre – on the evening of 2nd April 2018, when he was approached by two males. He was shot in the head. Amaan spent the night in a critical condition in hospital and died the next day.
Detective Chief Inspector Perry Benton said: “Three years have passed since this horrific incident that took a young man from his family.
“They deserve justice and the chance to have some sort of closure. We will not rest until we identify those responsible and bring them before the courts.”
Officers have previously said they don’t believe the shooting was random and that tensions between rival groups in the area were very likely the underlying cause. Amaan was believed to have been on the periphery of such activity and may have been targeted as a result.
A £20,000 reward for information that helps catch Amaan’s killers was offered in 2019. His father Mohammad said at the time his son was “an innocent victim of a despicable and brutal crime” and said his family was “struggling to carry on with life without him”.
DCI Benton added: “There were other people there when Amaan was shot and I’ve no doubt that even people who weren’t there know who was responsible.
“I understand that in some circles, it is seen as a betrayal of trust to talk to the police. But I would say to those people, some of whom were close friends of Amaan, that not doing so is an even greater betrayal.
“It is only by individuals being brave enough to come forward and break the wall of silence that has existed around this case that we will get justice.
“My officers understand what it will take for you to do that and there are steps we can take to support you if you do. But we need you to make the first move.”
Two teenagers were previously arrested in April 2018 in connection with the death of Amaan, but they were released without charge.
Anyone with information should call detectives on 020 8345 1570. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.