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Drug dealer dies after shooting

Sharmaarke Hassan
Police have stepped up patrols in the area since the killing

A teenage drug dealer has died four days after being shot in the head in north London.

Sharmaarke Hassan, 17, was found with a gunshot wound in Gilbeys Yard, Camden, at about 2300 BST on Saturday.

The teenager from Camden, who had drugs convictions, died in hospital from his injuries on Wednesday night. A post mortem examination will be held later.

The 17-year-old is the 15th teenager to be killed in London since the start of the year.

Police have said they are keeping an open mind about the motive for the killing but believe he was a member of The Money Squad, one of a number of Somali gangs in the area.

He was also found guilty of possessing cannabis and offering to supply the drugs last month, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

The murder is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police's Operation Trident unit, which looks at gun crime in London's Afro-Caribbean communities.

Supt Paul Morris, from Camden Police, said: "This is a shocking tragedy.

"We have stepped up patrols in the borough to reassure the community and specialist officers are investigating the incident."


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