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Two men, including one from Dagenham, have been convicted of the murder of a man who was shot and killed on his own doorstep in Finsbury Park.
Chad Gordon, 27, was shot as he opened the door to his address in Wiltshire Gardens, N4 on the evening of May 18, 2020. He was the victim of mistaken identity in an escalating feud between two local groups.
At the Old Bailey on Tuesday, May 25, Cameron Robinson, 20, of Rainham Road South, Dagenham and Mason Sani-Semedo, 19, of West Green Road, Tottenham, were both found guilty of murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
They will be sentenced at a later date.
At approximately 8.20pm n the evening of May 18, 2020, Chad Gordon went to answer a knock at his door. As he opened the door he was confronted by Sani-Semedo and Robinson who had arrived on a moped. Sani-Semedo produced a firearm and shot Chad in the face.
As the pair fled the scene, they pointed the firearm towards a mother and child who were walking in the street in order to make good their escape.
Mr Gordon was pronounced dead at the scene.
Around 30 minutes after the fatal shot was fired, London Fire Brigade received a call to reports of a fire in the Lea Valley area. A subsequent search revealed this was the moped used in the shooting that had been dumped and set alight.
Police recovered items, including two bike helmets similar to those used by the suspects in the shooting.
There had been ongoing tensions between two groups in the area in the days preceding Chad’s murder. It was also confirmed that a man, suspected to be the intended target for the shooting, lived next door to Chad.
Officers established the motive for the attack was in revenge for the murder of Jamal Ebrahim in Tottenham on May 13, 2020.
Following the arrests, phone analysis provided further proof of the defendants’ co-ordination of events, reinforcing the CCTV images of their movements and meetings prior to the murder.
Detective Inspector Laura Nelson from Specialist Crime who led the investigation, said: “The murder of Chad Gordon was utterly senseless. His death has left his local community devastated.
“Chad was a kind person, unassuming, who enjoyed spending his time at a local club that supported people with learning difficulties. He was well liked amongst his neighbours and was described by many as a ‘gentle giant’. It is deplorable that he lost his life in such a brutal and unnecessary manner.
“As if the killing wasn’t bad enough, Robinson and Sani-Semedo aimed the same firearm at a mother and child in order to affect their escape. Their behaviour is no less than abhorrent and shameful.
“Chad’s murder was not a random act. It was planned by men who thought that their plan would be clever enough, on the day, to enable them to get away with murder. The moped used was stolen and was burnt out immediately after the shooting. Identities were concealed through clothing and telephones were dropped after the murder was committed.
“However, no matter how cunning perpetrators thought they were, they simply could not outsmart my team who have worked tirelessly, viewing thousands of hours of CCTV, seeking justice for Chad. I would like to thank them for their hard work which has contributed to today’s verdict.
“Chad’s family will never be able to comprehend the circumstances of how their loved one lost his life. They have shown dignity and strength throughout this investigation and I hope that today’s verdict will bring them solace. Chad’s senseless death has had a huge impact on the local community and I hope that the significant sentences imposed will help them to begin to heal and to perhaps feel just a little bit safer in their homes.
“There is no kudos in committing murder. I can only hope that the two individuals convicted today will realise just how reckless their actions were and the devastation that they have caused.”
Chad’s father, Narson Gordon, said: “Anyone who knew or met Chad would instantly recognise ‘a gentle giant’ with humility to match. The hurt and anguish caused by his evil murder is immeasurable.”
* Three other men on trial with Sani-Semedo and Robinson were found not guilty of murder.