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Garage murder hunt goes on

PUBLISHED: 15:23 14 January 2008 | UPDATED: 14:07 02 July 2010

DETECTIVES have made a fresh appeal for information over an unsolved murder which happened a year ago. Barking man Atiyebi Omuaru was gunned down in cold blood as he picked his car up from a garage on January 2 2007. As he walked into the reception of Nir

DETECTIVES have made a fresh appeal for information over an unsolved murder which happened a year ago.

Barking man Atiyebi Omuaru was gunned down in cold blood as he picked his car up from a garage on January 2 2007.

As he walked into the reception of Nirro Garage on the Lyons Industrial Estate, River Road, Barking, two men followed him in.

He was shot but managed to get up again and a fight broke out. As the 25-year-old struggled with his attackers several more shots were fired and he dived behind the counter for cover.

The gunmen leaned over and fired more shots before fleeing from the garage and driving off in a dark-coloured Vauxhall Omega Saloon Car.

Mr Omuaru was pronounced dead at the scene suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

At least three other people were in the garage at the time but none of them were wounded.

CCTV footage shows that the Omega car arrived in the garage car park at 4.10pm and stayed there until the time of the shooting at 6pm.

The car was a 1994 to 1999 model with five spoke alloy wheels and was black, navy blue or green. It had an M to V registration prefix, although these might have been fake plates.

Both suspects are black and believed to be aged in their 20s. One wore a black bomber jacket and the other wore a yellow hooded high visibility coat.

In a statement Mr Omuaru's family said: "The family, relatives, and the Kalabari Centre Organisation and the Association of Rivers Communities, would like anyone with any information they may have about Ati's murder to contact the police to help them catch the persons who committed this terrible crime."

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Wilson added: "This murder may have occurred a year ago but we are still working extremely hard to bring the perpetrators to justice.

"We would still like to hear from anyone who can identify the suspects, or who recognises the description of the clothing and the car, as soon as possible."

Detectives are particularly keen to hear from anyone who sold or lent the car to someone at the time or knows where it is now.

Three men were arrested after the attack but all were later released without charge.

Anyone with information should call the incident room on (020) 8733 4704 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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