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Motive mystery over fatal London shooting

24 May 10 11:51 GMT

Murder detectives are struggling to find out why a man was shot dead in an apparent random attack in west London.

Officers found Daniel Omari Smith, 22, an electrician from Paddington, near the southern end of Harrow Road just after 0015 BST on Saturday.

He was treated at the scene but died from his injuries.

Police said the victim was a "young working man and from a loving family" and the reason behind the shooting remained a mystery.

Lines of inquiry are believed to include that he was shot after an earlier road rage incident or he was mistaken for someone else.

'Loving family'

Tributes have been paid by family and friends of Mr Smith on the social-networking sites Facebook and Twitter.

Candice Fontaine, who set up a tribute site, said Mr Smith worked hard and looked after his family.

"He was polite, respectful, funny, and never hurt a fly," she said.

"He was not part of any gang and did not live a lifestyle that came close to that."

Mr Smith, who lived with his mother and two sisters, had been out with a friend before stopping at a KFC in Harrow Road, Paddington, on his way home.

Eyewitnesses said he was shot as he walked back to his car. He staggered back into the takeaway but collapsed and died later in hospital.

Police have appealed for witnesses and said they do not know if the gunman was in a vehicle or on foot.

Det Ch Insp John Crossley said: "He was a young working man and from a loving family.

"They are devastated by what has happened."

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