Hunt for killer continues one year after Thamesmead shooting

PUBLISHED: 11:05 01 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:05 01 February 2016

Chleve Massi

Chleve Massi


Police are offering a reward of up to £20,000 to close the case of Chleve Massi

Detectives are offering a reward of up to £20,000 as part of their ongoing investigation to identify the killer of Chleve Massi, 23, who was murdered in Thamesmead a year ago.

Mr Massi and four friends arrived at a birthday part in Sark Tower on Erebus Drive at about 4.20am on Feburary 1, but he was shot in the hallway of the 13th floor flat.

Police believe that in the region of 70 people had been to the party that evening, but by the time Mr Massi and his friends arrived only half that number were present.

His friends carried him out of the flat, and left Sark Tower in three cars including a grey Audi A3 and a dark blue Ford Focus.

Officers who were responding to calls from the public that shots had been fired in Erebus Drive came across the Audi A3 and the Ford Focus stopped on Western Way, with Mr Massi found injured in the Focus.

The London Ambulance Service were called and he was taken to hospital, where he died later that morning.

A post-mortem examination held at Greenwich Mortuary gave cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest.

Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Gwyn, who is leading the investigation from the homicide and major crime command (HMCC), said: “Chleve had literally just walked through the door of the party when he was shot.

“There are a number of people who were there that night, who must know what happened, and who was responsible for firing the gun that killed Chleve.

“One year on from Chleve’s murder, it is not too late for you to speak out and tell us what you know. A year can be a long time, friendships and allegiances change.

“If you were at that party that night and know who is responsible, it is important that you are brave enough to come forward.

“We can offer you support and confidentiality, but please help Chleve’s family get the answers they deserve.

“There is now a reward of up to £20,000 in place for information that can help catch whoever murdered Chleve.”

Detectives retain an open mind as to the motive behind the murder and are offering a reward of up to £20,000 for any information that leads to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person, or people, responsible.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Investigation Team on 020 8721 4812, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

A total of 21 people have so far been arrested in connection with this investigation:

Five people [A, L, M, N, O] were arrested on suspicion of murder - a 26-year old woman [A] has been re-bailed to a date in late March, a 24-year-old man [L] has been re-bailed to a date in mid-April.

[M] has been bailed to late March, a 24-year-old man [N] has been released with no further action, and [O] has been bailed to late March.

Six people [P, Q, R, S, T, U] were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder have been bailed to dates late March and early April.

Ten other people [B to K] arrested in connection with the investigation have been released without further action.

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