A Nigerian teenager, Kelvin Odunuyi, 19 living in the UK has been gunned down as he stood with friends at the entrance of the Vue cinema in Wood Green, at just after 12.30am on Thursday.
According to UK Guardian, police were called to Hollywood Green, Wood Green, north London at about 12.32am on Thursday to reports of a shooting, the Metropolitan police said.
Officers found the young man suffering from a gunshot injury outside the cinema complex.
It is believed that the assailants fled on a moped after shooting the teenager. He was taken to hospital where he died a short time later. No arrests have been made, and the man’s next-of-kin have been informed.
DCI Luke Marks said: “At this early stage, we’re trying to piece together exactly what has happened.
“However, we believe two people made off on a moped shortly after the incident and this is one line of inquiry that we’re actively pursuing.
“We would urge anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any information, to come forward and speak to police as soon as possible.”
His mother, Afishetu Oniru told The UK Standard that her son was at the “wrong place at the wrong time”.
At the family home in Harrow on Friday, she told the Standard: “He was a lovely jovial boy. He was clever and loved by all who knew him…he had everything going for him.”
Mrs Oniru said relatives, including his father who runs a property business in Nigeria, had paid her son’s fees at the prestigious £26,000-a-year Fulneck School in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, as a boarder, and that he had ambitions to work in the oil industry.
He moved to Heartlands High School in Wood Green.
She said: “We sent him away because it was the best school for him. I have always lived in London but when we moved to Wood Green for a short time I got scared for my family.
“We now live in Harrow and I told him not to go back to Wood Green to see friends. But he did and now he is dead after being shot dead in a random attack. Police said it was wrong place at wrong time.
“He was with a big group when two boys on bicycles came along shooting – he was hit, it’s a tragedy. I am devastated.
“I knew he would be safe at home with me but he went there and now he is dead. Another mother is grieving, enough is enough, the government needs to act to stop the bloodshed.”
Mr Odunuyi, a rapper who performed under the name DipDat and was also known as Lampz, was pronounced dead in hospital two hours after the shooting.
The killing, the first fatal shooting of a teenager in London in 2018, is thought to be part of an escalating “postcode war” between gangs in Wood Green and nearby Tottenham.
A police source confirmed the killing was being treated as gang-related. It was claimed that Mr Odunuyi was not a gang member, but socialised with people who were.