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Detectives are appealing for witnesses to a shooting in a south London pub to come forward and speak to them in confidence.
A reward of up to £10,000 is also being offered for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the persons responsible for the shooting in Whelans Public House in Rotherhithe, Southwark on 20 December 2015.
On the night of the shooting, the pub hosted an evening of live entertainment and was therefore busier than usual with an estimated 30 to 50 customers present.
At about 20:50hrs, two men wearing hoods entered the pub. A customer, who was stood at the bar, was shot in the leg by one of the men.
The suspects left the pub, making off in a dark coloured car; the victim was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery to save his leg.
Detectives do not believe the customer was the intended target of the shooting and are considering the possibility that this was a case of mistaken identity.
Officers are also exploring the possibility that the shooting is linked to an earlier incident in the pub at about 18:00hrs, when a disturbance took place which resulted in a customer being ejected from the premises.
The investigation is being led by detectives from the Met’s Trident and Gang Crime Command.
Detective Chief Inspector Mike Balcombe, said: “The venue is a small, quiet friendly pub, and on the night in question was busier than usual, with customers who came to enjoy the live entertainment.
“Understandably everybody present at the venue was left shaken and shocked by what they witnessed. The victim, a totally innocent man underwent numerous surgeries to save his leg.
“I am confident there are people who know the identity of the persons responsible for this crime and its motive, I would urge them to come forward. I appreciate they may be concerned or even frightened; I can assure them that Trident officers have extensive experience in working with witnesses, and there are measures we can implement to ensure that their information will be treated in the strictest confidence.”
Police are asking anyone with information to call 020 8247 4863; 101 the police non-emergency line, or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
101 is the number to call when you want to contact your local police in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland – when it’s less urgent than a 999 call.
Find out more information about 101 by following this link.
Source: Metropolitan Police Service
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