‘Just heartbreaking’: 22-year-old man shot dead named by police
Imani Allaway-Muir died at the scene
04 July, 2020
A 22-YEAR-OLD man shot dead in broad daylight near Roman Way has been named by police as Imani Allaway-Muir.
Officers and paramedics rushed to the Westbourne estate in Holloway at around 3.20pm yesterday (Saturday) and found Mr Allaway-Muir suffering from gunshot injuries near a playground.
He later died at the scene. A post mortem is due to take place later this week
An air ambulance landed in nearby Paradise Park as medics fought to save the victim’s life.
One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “I was in the house with my mum when we heard shots. I thought it was fireworks but my mum said it was gunshots and my dog started barking.”
She added: “Then the boy’s family came down and there was screaming. A woman kept screaming. It was heartbreaking. I think someone then collapsed.”
(Flowers left near the scene of Saturday’s fatal shooting)
Islington’s most senior police officer Raj Kholi called the incident “heartbreaking”.
He said: “As a human, as a parent, as a police officer this pointless death is just so upsetting. My thoughts are with the young man’s parents, family & friends. I cannot imagine what they are going through. In fact I do not want to imagine what they are going through. Just heartbreaking.”
DCI Neil John of the Met’s specialist crime team said: “This was a shocking incident that happened in broad daylight and we believe many people in and around Roman Way would have heard a number of gunshots.
“I would urge anyone that has any information, or video footage, of the area at the time of the incident to contact police.
“The family of a young man have been left devastated by his death and my team of detectives is working relentlessly to identify and arrest those involved.”
Islington South and Finsbury MP Emily Thornberry was among those urging witnesses to come forward.
She tweeted: “My thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends and local residents in whose midst this terrible event occurred.”
In a statement after the shooting Town Hall leader Richard Watts said: “We are shocked and horrified at the fatal shooting of a young man in Islington this afternoon. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this extremely distressing time.
“This tragedy will have a deep impact on many people, and we will do everything we can to support police as they investigate this crime and seek to bring reassurance and support to our community.
“We join the police in asking for anyone with information to please come forward and help find those responsible.”
A Section 60 Order covering the entirety of Islington and Camden is in place until 4am tomorrow (Monday, July 6).
No arrests have been made, and police are asking anyone with any information to call 101, quoting reference number CAD 4432/4 July.