Police have released shocking footage of a West London shooting which left a 21-year-old man with life-changing injuries.
They are looking for help identifying the moped riding attacker in the incident which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, August 24 on Cairnfield Avenue, Harlesden.
The victim was shot three times in the back, hand, and hip.
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The victim had been speaking to a friend standing in the street when a moped approached the pair.
CCTV of the attack shows the moped riding into the road from Neasden Lane before circling back around and pulling up a few metres away from the men.
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The suspect then turns off the moped’s lights and the two men turn to look at them but remain unconcerned.
Then without warning the suspect pulls out a gun and lets of a volley of shots at the pair as they react with shock.
The victim who was injured dives behind a car for cover whilst his friend managed to scramble away unharmed.
After firing a number of shots the rider calmly rides away towards Neasden Lane.
Despite an immediate armed response and search by police the attacker was not found in the aftermath of the shooting, although bullet casings were recovered from the scene.
The victim is still recovering from his injuries at home.
The suspect wore a dark helmet and clothing and police are still looking into potential motives.
They released the footage of the terrifying attack in the hope it might jog the memories of those who may have seen the suspect in the area before or after the shooting.
Metropolitan Police Detective Constable Oliver Kotis said: “I would urge anyone who lives in the area to check doorbell and dashcam footage to see if they might have captured this person in the area.
“But for sheer luck we could have had two people shot dead in the street; this could have been a double murder investigation.
“The suspect is a dangerous offender who has access to a firearm and we have seen that they are prepared to use it.
“It is vital that we catch them. Police and communities must work together to apprehend violent criminals who cause bloodshed and misery on our streets.
“Silence protects them – please, if you can help us, make contact. We will speak to you in the strictest of confidence.
“Alternatively, if you are someone that doesn’t want to engage with the police, you can use anonymous methods such as Crimestoppers – we will not even know your name.
“What matters most is that you make the call and help us catch a violent criminal.”
Anyone who can help police should call 101 ref CAD 158/24 August.
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