White City Man Shot Dead as He Left Restaurant
Police believe lone gunman lay in wait to kill Salim Coulter
The man gunned down this week on a Fulham side street has been named as 24-year-old Salim Coulter. Salim was training to be a gas engineer and lived with family in White City.
Salim had been out on Monday 5 December with one of his friends. They stopped for something to eat at Jerky Chicken restaurant parking the car they were driving - a silver and black Renault Captur - in Walham Grove, near to the junction with North End Road.
After the two friends left the restaurant at around 9.30pm they returned to the car, as Salim was getting into the front passenger seat he was shot once. Detectives believe that the lone gunman had been lying in wait.
After shooting Salim he made off on foot away from North End Road towards the Harwood Arms pub near the junction with Walham Grove and Farm Lane, SW6.
When police and ambulance services were called to the scene they found Salim sat in the front sea of the car with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the investigation, said,"As Salim was getting back into the passenger seat of the car he was shot once, fatally wounding him. The person responsible had most likely been lying in wait for him to leave the restaurant.
"North End Road and Walham Grove would have been busy at that time of night. Did you see someone hanging around the area from about 20.30 that night, or running away from about 9.30pm? We know that he ran off along Walham Grove towards the Harwood Arms. Did you see where he went after this?
"Please think back to Monday night, and if you were out and saw something or heard something, no matter how minor you think it might be, then please get in touch with us. Your information could be a really important piece of our jigsaw.
"Also, I am directly appealing to any cyclists or drivers who were in Walham Grove or North End Road from 8.30pm who may have captured images on their own cameras. This material could have captured something that may prove significant, so please get in touch with us and share your footage.
"At this stage in our investigation we are keeping an open mind regarding motive and will be trying to establish the victim's precise movements in the day running up to his murder.
"This is a low crime area. Salim's murder has shocked the local community. There is a strong neighbourly spirit in the area and I would encourage the very vigilant local community to contact police with anything that they saw during and after the attack."
Salim's family are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers.
Walham Grove - one of Fulham's most expensive streets - was closed off as police continued their investigations.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
December 6, 2016