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Youth sought over doorman murder

INFORMATION: Police are keen to trace the suspect, seen here wearing a grey hooded top, in connection with the shooting in 2008

FOUR YEARS after a doorman was shot and killed outside a bar in east London, police have renewed their search for a young black man as their main suspect.

Syed Mehdi, 23, was shot outside the Blue Ice Bar in Cranbrook Road in Ilford on Saturday March 1, 2008 where he was working as a doorman.

Officers have today released moving CCTV footage of the suspect, who they believe is between 17 and 25, and three potential witnesses they are still keen to trace.

Mr Mehdi, a Pakistani national living in the Ilford area, suffered wounds to the front of his body. His condition deteriorated and he died at 12.45am on March 5, 2008.

Two other men were taken by the ambulance service to the Royal London Hospital suffering gunshot wounds – one, aged 37, received wounds to the back of his body and was treated and discharged.

KILLED: Syed Mehdi

The footage shows the suspect walking close to the bar shortly before the shooting. He stopped three men as they walked along Cranbrook Road, close to Ilford train station, approximately 150 yards from the Blue Ice Bar.
He spoke to them - possibly to ask for directions - before walking back towards the bar.

The suspect, who was wearing a grey hooded top, black jeans, black shoes with white laces and carrying a bag across his chest, is then seen on the footage putting his hood up near a cashpoint.

He is then seen approaching the victims on foot before firing shots from a handgun. He ran off towards Ilford High Street.

The area was busy and residents would have seen and heard activity.

APPEAL: Police wish to speak to this man who they say may have seen something

A £20,000 reward remains on offer for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to please call the Trident incident room on 020 8733 4704; if you wish to remain anonymous ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Three men have been arrested and released with no further action.

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