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Detectives appeal for help as they name Yasir Beshira as victim of Kilburn shooting

The 21-year-old died from gunshot wound to abdomen, post-mortem finds

10 December, 2016 — By William McLennan

Yasir Beshira

DETECTIVES this evening (Saturday) named Yasir Beshira as the man killed in the Kilburn shooting on Thursday.

Officers said they were “confident” they had correctly identified the victim. A post-mortem revealed he had died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Mr Beshira, 21, died after staggering into Netherwood Street close to the Kilburn High Road, at around 6.20pm. A 22-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of murder. Police, however, have appealed for more witnesses to come forward.

Investigators believe the victim was approached by a lone male suspect in Palmerston Road and shot. The victim then made his way to Netherwood Street where he collapsed. Witnesses describe the gunman as being a slim white male, wearing a dark hooded top with the hood up and he had his lower face covered. He was wearing jeans.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge said: “I believe this person was loitering in and around Palmerston Road and the Webheath Estate prior to the attack. Following the incident he fled along Palmerston Road and into the Webheath Estate. It is my view that this suspect would have stood out hanging around at this location and certainly when he fled through the estate following the attack.”

He added: “If anyone saw a person fitting this description either before or after the attack, I am appealing for them to come forward to assist the investigation. We have had a positive initial response from the local community and a number of witnesses have already come forward. We know the area was extremely busy at the time of the shooting. I am convinced that other members of the public have either seen the incident itself, or have seen the suspect arrive at the scene or flee after the shooting. If you saw or heard anything please do contact our incident room. Any information provided to us will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.”

Police are increasing patrols in the area as the murder investigation continues and to reassure the public.

“They are happy to talk to any community members who wish to speak to police about concerns following this shocking incident,” added DCI Partridge.

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