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Man shot dead in Leyton street was cab driver Abdi Gutale

SHOT DEAD: Abdi Gutale

THE MAN who died following a shooting in Leyton, east London, has been named as 24-year-old Abdi Gutale from neighbouring Leytonstone.

At this early stage, it is believed that Abdi, a part-time minicab driver, was driving a Vauxhall Zafira car when shots were fired at it in the early hours of Saturday (May 14). Abdi reversed his car in attempt to get away but collided with a parked vehicle. He subsequently died at the scene.

A second male who was with Abdi suffered a gunshot injury to the foot during the incident; he was treated at hospital.

Police say he had been working in the hours prior to the shooting, "but had booked off at the time of the shooting".

"Abdi did have people in the car with him but these were associates of his, not passengers - we have traced these people and spoken to them," Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Packer, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said.

"We believe the shooting was carried out by a person or people who were standing in the street in the area of Melbourne Road and Capworth Street. From witness reports it appears in the immediate aftermath there were people running away from the scene.

"Our investigation continues to establish how Abdi' car came to be fired on in this street."

"I continue to appeal to anyone who was in the area and witnessed this incident, or who has any information that could assist this investigation to come forward and speak to police."

Two men, aged 19 and 31, were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody at an east London police station. They were later released on bail pending further enquiries and are due to return on a date in early July.

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8345 3865, or to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at

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