Gold­ers Green comes to a stand­still af­ter shoot­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - News -

PO­LICE HAVE opened a mur­der in­quiry af­ter a man was shot dead on Mon­day in the heart of Jewish North­West Lon­don.

Dozens of po­lice — many of them armed with au­to­matic weapons — sealed off High­field Road in Gold­ers Green af­ter re­ceiv­ing an emer­gency call say­ing shots had been fired.

Yossi Haz­iza, of Me­nachem Butch­ers at the cor­ner of Alba Gar­dens and Gold­ers Green Road, said: “I was work­ing in the shop when I heard a se­ries of noises, ‘bam, bam, bam’. It was about 11.20 in the morn­ing. At that point, I didn’t re­ally know what it was.

“But within min­utes, there were po­lice ev­ery­where. They were on the scene very quickly. When I heard why they were there, I re­alised that I had prob­a­bly heard the shots be­ing fired.

“The po­lice taped off the road out­side but they also went to a drive­way at the back of the shop, from where you can see the back of the flats in High­field Road.”

Traf­fic on Gold­ers Green Road was brought to a halt as po­lice taped off the area. A body was later brought out of the High­field Road flats.

While shops ei­ther side of the taped area — the ma­jor­ity of them Jewishowned — re­mained open, all pedes- tri­ans were pre­vented from en­ter­ing the cor­doned-off area. Work­ers in two shops sell­ing booths for Suc­cot emerged to watch po­lice, while moth­ers with chil­dren in pushchairs, whose homes were in­side the cor­don found their way blocked.

Ser­vices at Machzike Ha­dath Syn­a­gogue, part of the Fed­er­a­tion of Syn­a­gogues, di­rectly op­po­site the block of flats where the body was found, were in­ter­rupted.

Po­lice named the dead man as Cima So­go­jeva, 27. Of­fi­cers from the Homi­cide and Se­ri­ous Crime Com­mand be­gan an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. A post-mortem on the vic­tim took place on Tues­day. An in­ci­dent room has been opened at Colin­dale and any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call 020 8358 0400.

PHOTO: JOHN RIFKIN

Cor­don: armed po­lice at High­field Road, in Gold­ers Green, on Mon­day

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