CCTV shows woman being shot at by masked gunman as she waits in London traffic jam


Footage has been released of a woman being shot at three times as she sits in her car in a traffic jam in London.

CCTV shows a masked gunman run at the car before firing at the 51-year-old woman, who was on the way to work around 8.40am on Monday, 14 May.

One bullet smashed the driver’s window, and the victim said she remembered hearing two other shots being fired into the car.

She was not injured in the attack and the police recovered three bullet casings from the scene.  

After the shooting, the suspect ran down the road before getting into a vehicle.

He was described as dark-skinned, around 5ft 8ins tall and of medium build. 

His face was partially covered with a balaclava during the attack and he may have had short dreadlocks.

He was also wearing a dark-coloured, zip-up tracksuit top with the hood up, and dark-coloured trousers.

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Scotland Yard released the footage as part of an appeal for witnesses.

A spokesperson said: “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 suspect then ran down the road before getting into an unknown vehicle, heading in the direction of Queensbury Station.”

The detective inspector leading the investigation, Tom Williams, said: “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.

“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.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room number on 020 8201 2713 or tweet @MetCC and quote 1541/14May. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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