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Camden killer will be caught say police

PUBLISHED: 15:28 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:36 07 September 2010

DETECTIVES investigating the unsolved murder of a Somali teenager in Camden Town are confident they will catch his killer. It is almost six months since the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Sharma arke Hassan in Gilbey s Yard, near Camden Lock. On Monday, o

DETECTIVES investigating the unsolved murder of a Somali teenager in Camden Town are confident they will catch his killer.

It is almost six months since the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Sharma'arke Hassan in Gilbey's Yard, near Camden Lock.

On Monday, officers from the Met's Trident unit, who investigate shootings in the capital's black communities, launched a new anti-gun crime publicity campaign in Camden Town.

The event was held at the MTV studios near Camden Lock - just a short walk from the spot where Sharma'arke was gunned down.

Det Supt Gary Richardson used the event to say it is only a matter of time before the teenager's killer is brought to justice.

"There is no doubt about that," he said. "There are a couple of individuals that will solve this crime for us at a moment's notice.

"The last thing we want to do is charge someone with murder before we are ready."

Sharma'arke was shot in the head on May 24 but died four days later in hospital surrounded by his family.

Several people were arrested in the days after the murder but all were released on bail, without any charges.

He was known to police as a member of the Money Squad gang, which is connected with drug dealing and other crime around Camden Town.

But police believe his murder was not linked to drugs, rather to a fight with another group of youths earlier that evening.

Friends of his who were with him on the night have given police an account of what happened but were unable to identify the gunman.

"We have a fairly clear picture as things unfolded but at the moment that is just intelligence. We have to convert that intelligence into evidence," said Det Supt Richardson.

"This is what we do all the time. We have had 10 trials go through the Old Bailey since February and there have been nine convictions for murder."

Trident's new campaign to tackle shootings in the capital has been given the title Respect: You Don't Need A Gun To Get It.

They have brought together role models such as Olympic champion boxer James De Gale and singer Estelle to target young people in the black community to highlight positive ways they can earn respect from their peers.

They will feature in a series of adverts which will be shown across all MTV channels.

Det Chief Supt Helen Ball, head of Trident, said: "It is understandable young people should want respect but it is very sad that some of them think that carrying a gun will earn them that respect."

She added: "Trident want young people to think about the paths they may be taking and to steer them away from crime.

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