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Man sought in relation to shooting, SE16

News   •   May 26, 2016 11:19 BST

Igho Ejeta is sought by police

Detectives investigating a shooting at a south London barber's shop have today released CCTV footage in an effort to find a man they urgently want to speak to.

Officers need to trace Igho Ejeta, 29 (28.03.86) following the attempted murder of an innocent bystander at the shop in Rotherhithe New Road, SE16 on Friday, 8 May 2015.

Another man is already serving a life sentence for his role in the incident, having been convicted by an Old Bailey jury last year.

Detective Constable Jo Ross, from the Trident and Area Crime Command, said: "Although we have one man safely behind bars, we urgently need to trace Ejeta in connection with this incident.

"We would ask anyone with information to come forward in the strictest confidence and help us find this man."

Ejeta is a black man, 5ft 11inches tall, of proportionate build and has a long scar that runs across his face and across the bridge his nose. He was last known to have black cropped Afro hair and has links to Lewisham and the south London area.

Trident launched an investigation after a 38-year-old woman was shot in the leg whilst she was sitting in the barber's shop alongside other customers and children.

The woman was an innocent bystander who was caught up in a violent altercation between several men that began outside the shop. The fight continued inside and Joel Johnson, 27 (25.03.88) of Baildon Street, SE8 appeared in the doorway and produced a handgun before opening fire.

The bullet passed through the woman's leg and was later found on the floor. She was taken to a south London hospital where she was treated for her injuries.

Officers carried out extensive enquiries to identify Johnson as the gunman.

On 17 June 2015, Johnson was arrested by armed officers on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm. He was taken to a south London police station and was charged with numerous firearms offences.

He appeared for trial at the Old Bailey and was found guilty of multiple offences on 14 December 2015.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 14 years for attempted murder, life imprisonment to serve a minimum of seven-and-a-half years for wounding with intent (to run concurrently) and life imprisonment to serve a minimum of six years for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life (to run concurrently).

Johnson had previously pleaded guilty at the same court in September 2015 to possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition. For those offences he was sentenced to seven years and three years' imprisonment to run concurrently.

Anyone with information about Ejeta's whereabouts should contact officers on 020 8247 4863 or via 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.