Footage emerges of gunman firing at woman in car during London rush hour traffic
This week, UK police have released footage of a shooting that took place on the streets of London during rush hour traffic. The attack, which occurred on May 14th this year, saw a lone gunman approach a woman sitting in traffic before firing a weapon at her vehicle three times.
The victim - who was thankfully unharmed - was a 51-year-old woman. She was on her way to work when the man approached her, and has been thoroughly shaken by the incident.
The attacker, meanwhile, has yet to be identified, and police have released CCTV footage of the attack in the hopes of identifying him.
A spokesperson for Scotland Yard released the following statement:
"Police were called at 08:40hrs on Monday, 14 May to reports of a shooting at the junction of Beverley Drive and Stag Lane in Brent.
"Officers and firearms officers attended the scene, along with a specialist police dog, to speak to the victim and contain the scene.
"The victim, a 51-year-old woman, told officers that she had left her home at around 08:30hrs to make her way to work.
"At the traffic lights on Beverley Drive and Stag Lane, the suspect approached the car and fired three times towards her vehicle.
"The driver’s window smashed first and the victim remembers hearing two other shots being fired into her car. One of the bullets caused the passenger window to smash. She was not injured."
The attacker has been described as dark-skinned, about 5ft 8ins in height, and of medium build. Nobody got a clear look at his face as it was partially covered during the attack, but it is believed that he may have had short dreadlocked hair.
Detective Inspector Tom Williams, who is leading the investigation into what happened, said of the matter: "This was an outrageous and brazen attack that happened in the middle of rush hour on a Monday morning, in which luckily, no one was injured."
He went on to iterate that gun violence is taken incredibly seriously in the city, and that the police are following every possible lead in order to identify the shooter:
"Firearms have absolutely no place on London’s streets and we are carrying out a full and thorough investigation into locating this man and making sure that he appears before the courts. We are following numerous leads, but are also appealing for anyone with any information to contact us as soon as possible.
"On this occasion, no one was physically harmed, but no doubt the traumatic experience will affect the victim for years to come."
Police have put out a request for information, so if you or anyone you know may be able to help with the investigation, be sure to call the incident room number on 020 8201 2713 or tweet @MetCC and quote 1541/14May. You can also Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.