Detective in vow to catch broad daylight gun killer

Taylor Cox, 19, is named as victim of shooting near primary school

Friday, 11th June 2021 — By Helen Chapman

Police tape in Hornsey Rise Gardens Taylor Cox shooting

Police tape in Hornsey Rise Gardens

DETECTIVES have named the victim of a fatal shooting as they appealed for people with information to come forward.

Taylor Cox, 19, died on Tuesday afternoon after being shot in the head in Hornsey Rise Gardens, near Crouch Hill.

Forensic teams were brought in to search for clues, just roads away from where the school day was ending at Ashmount Primary.

Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley said: “We’re working with colleagues across the Metropolitan Police Service to identify those responsible for this most horrific attack, committed with a firearm in broad daylight in a residential area next to a primary school.

She added: “Taylor’s family have lost him in the cruellest way imaginable and they deserve our fullest commitment in seeking justice.

“I have no doubt that there are persons out there who know who committed this act and I’m asking them to make contact with us.

Taylor Cox was shot in the head

“Silence protects violent criminals. It is imperative that police and communities work together to apprehend those who are intent on committing serious violence and take them off our streets.

“There are anonymous methods such as Crimestoppers available in which you will not even have to give your name. What matters most is that you tell us what you know, and we find those responsible.”

Detectives launched their murder investigation after police were called to Hornsey Rise Gardens at around 4.30pm to reports of gun shots.

Mr Cox, who was from Barnet, was found with an injury to his head. He was taken to hospital where he later died.
Islington Council leader Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz said there will be an increased police presence this week in response to the killing.

She said: “We are shocked and saddened. Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of the victim at this extremely distressing and challenging time.

“We urge anyone who saw anything or who has any relevant information on this incident to contact the police or Crimestoppers anonymously.”

Colin Adams, from the nearby Brickworks Community Centre said: “It is tragic. I really hope this doesn’t lead to an escalation of violence across the summer which is our fear.”

He added: “It has been quite quiet over a period of time but as we slowly move out of lockdown, we really just hope there isn’t an escalation of violence.”

A spokesperson from London’s Air Ambulance Charity said: “After treatment on scene the patient was transferred by road to a major trauma hospital accompanied by London’s Air Ambulance.”

Mr Cox’s family have been informed and have specialist police officers working with them.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the police on 101.

To remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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