Shop shooting ‘is linked to gangs’

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Islington Tribune – by CHARLOTTE CHAMBERS
Published: 22 May 2009

Flowers near the spot Ahmet Paytak was shot

Shop shooting ‘is linked to gangs’

Fight two months before death is probed

DETECTIVES say the investigation into the shooting of a Holloway shopkeeper is “progressing well” and revealed that they identified sev­eral potential suspects.
Last night (Thursday), speaking on the eve of the two-month anniversary of Ahmet Paytak’s death, Detective Chief Inspector Carl Mehta said: “The investigation is progressing well. We’re still working through a lot of information from the public.”

Mr Paytak, 50, who lived with his wife and children in Skinner Street, Finsbury, was shot as they closed up at Euro Wine and Food on the corner of Hornsey Road and Tollington Road. His son Huseyin, 21, was shot in the leg.

In January, members of two Turkish drug-dealing gangs, the Bombacilar and the Tottenham Turks, got into a fight at the Manor Club in Seven Sisters Road. And just hours before Mr Paytak was shot, another shooting took place in Clapton, which DCI Mehta thinks is connected to the fight at the Manor Club.

DCI Mehta said: “At the moment we’ve got reason to believe the shooting at the Euro Wine and Food shop may have been retribution for a shooting incident that took place at 6 or 6.15pm that evening.”

He said he thought the initial fight, which took place on January 24 between around 10 gang members at the club, appeared to be the result of little more than male “bravado” and posturing.

From the start DCI Mehta has described the tragedy as a case of mistaken identity.

He is now looking into whether the gunmen were searching for a man who once worked at the shop who is thought to be connected to the Tottenham gang.

DCI Mehta believes the shooter is a member of a Hackney drugs gang – with more than 10 years’ his­tory who routinely ­carry guns – who opened fire in the shop despite not finding their target.

No arrests have been made so far, while appeals to locate the bike used in the killing, a rare red and black Benelli TNT, have been fruitless.

Anyone with information is urged to call the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or ring Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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