The 19-year-old man killed in a shooting in Fishermead last night has been named as Mohamed Farah.
The incident happened in an alleyway at Fishermead Boulevard shortly after 10pm and he died at the scene. An 18-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital and Thames Valley Police is continuing to investigate.
The Somalian community, including friends and family of the victim have turned out in large groups to show their love and support for him and to pay their respects to a man who was known to many as a bubbly, friendly man.
Family member, Sharmaarke Mohamed, said: “I was called by his mum at about 4am this morning and it came as a complete shock to us all. This is such a shame and shouldn’t be happening to anyone, let alone our family.”
Dozens of people hung around in groups, quietly talking with each other almost in stunned silence.
One woman, who turned up in a taxi around 12pm, took one look at the scene and burst into tears.
Richard Robinson, who has lived on the Fishermead estate for around 30 years, said: “I have lived here for a number of years and I’ve never seen anything like this. I’m not saying anything about the police but they should be questioning people who are out on the streets after a certain time at night.”
Another man, who was standing with the group, said: “You can see how many people have turned out here today. This is the Somalian community paying their respects. when something like this happens it is like it has happened to family.”
Friends and family huddled in groups, hushed at the scenes as they unfolded. Bullets and blood stains lay under police evidence numbers as Scenes of Crime Investigation Officers surveyed the scene.
One friend said: “He was a lovely guy, a really nice lad. 19 is no age to die and we are all gobsmacked. I can’t believe this has happened.”
Det Supt Rob Mason, who is leading the inquiry, said: “We are obviously still at a very early stage of this investigation.
“We believe that the victims in this incident are friends, but we do not know if the offender is known to them.
“The second man is critically ill with a gun shot wound to his head and is currently under armed guard at Milton Keynes General Hospital for his own protection.
“I realise that there is a lot of concern in the community as well as a lot of speculation about the reasons behind this incident. We are still trying to establish the facts and cannot be drawn on rumours and speculation.
“We have a large and highly visible police presence in the area which should provide some reassurance to the community at this difficult time.
“I continue to urge anyone who has any information about this incident to contact police urgently.”
Anyone with any information about this incident should contact Thames Valley Police via 0845 8 505 505.
Alternatively, if you do not want to speak to police or leave your name, please contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111