Chris Kaba suspected of being among five men in a nightclub gun attack
Unarmed man Chris Kaba, who was shot dead by the Met Police, was suspected of being among five men in a nightclub gun attack days earlier
- He was allegedly part of a group who went to a Notting Hill Carnival after-party
- They are suspected of conspiring to murder a rival who was shot on a dance floor
- The victim, 23, was chased out of the Oval Space nightclub and shot twice
Chris Kaba, who was shot dead by the Met Police, was suspected of being involved in a nightclub gun attack just days earlier, it has been reported.
Mr Kaba, 24, was allegedly part of a group of five men who went to a Notting Hill Carnival after-party in east London in the early hours of August 30.
They are suspected of conspiring to murder a 23-year-old rival who was shot on the dance floor at the Oval Space nightclub in Cambridge Heath, according to The Telegraph.
The victim was chased out of the nightclub and shot twice by a gunman before being taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.
He was treated for gunshot wounds to both legs, but survived the attack.
The four men appeared at Thames Magistrates Court on October 28 charged with conspiracy to murder.
The newspaper reported that the prosecution will allege Mr Kaba helped plot the attack and was present at the incident.
Mr Kaba, 24, was allegedly part of a group of five men who went to a Notting Hill Carnival after-party in east London in the early hours of August 30
They are suspected of conspiring to murder a 23-year-old rival who was shot on the dance floor at the Oval Space nightclub in Cambridge Heath
Mr Kaba, who died in Streatham Hill, south London, on September 5, was being followed by an unmarked police car with no lights or sirens turned on in the minutes before the shooting, Inner South London Coroner’s Court was told last month.
After his Audi drove down Kirkstall Gardens he was blocked by a marked police vehicle and there was ‘contact’ between the two cars, the court heard, before a marksman fired a single shot through the windscreen, hitting the Mr Kaba in the head.
Coroner Andrew Harris began the hearing by offering his condolences to relatives including Mr Kaba’s parents, brother and cousin who sat in the courtroom.
The inquest will be adjourned while the circumstances of the shooting are investigated by watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
The Metropolitan Police marksman who shot Mr Kaba has been suspended from duty.
Dean Brown from the IOPC told the inquest hearing that officers on duty on the day Mr Kaba died were told that the Audi had been linked to a firearms incident the previous day.
They were not given Mr Kaba’s name because the car did not belong to him.
The shooting is being investigated as a potential homicide and the IOPC probe is expected to take six to nine months.
Mr Kaba, who died in Streatham Hill, south London on September 5, was being followed by an unmarked police car with no lights or sirens turned on in the minutes before the shooting, Inner South London Coroner’s Court was told last month
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Lead investigator Dean Brown, of the IOPC, told the hearing: ‘On Monday 5 September 2022, Mr Chris Kaba was driving an Audi motor vehicle in South London.
‘The Audi Mr Kaba was driving was believed to be linked to a firearms incident which took place the previous day and an automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) marker had been placed upon it.
‘A briefing was provided to officers prior to their shift on September 5 in which the Audi was brought to their attention as being potentially associated with the firearms incident the previous day. Mr Kaba’s name was not included in this briefing.
‘According to police logs and accounts received to date by officers, the Audi was recognised by officers parked at the side of the A202 in Camberwell Green in an unmarked armed response vehicle (ARV).
‘The officers then started to follow the vehicle and circulated this via police airwaves at around 9.52pm.
‘Officers continued to follow the Audi until 10.07pm. The officers did not activate their lights or sirens while following the vehicle. The intention was to use an ‘enforced stop extraction’ on the Audi.
‘At around 10.07pm, Mr Kaba made a left turn from New Park Road onto Kirkstall Gardens. Already present on Kirkstall Gardens was a marked police armed response vehicle.
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‘The marked ARV had parked on Kirkstall Gardens with the intention of joining the other police vehicles behind the Audi once it had passed the junction. One of the officers inside the marked ARV was NX121.
‘Once Mr Kaba made the left turn the decision was taken to perform an “inline extraction”.
‘Armed officers exited their vehicles and approached the Audi. The evidence suggests that contact was made between the Audi driven by Mr Kaba and the police vehicles.
‘The evidence further suggests that officer NX121 was standing to the front of Mr Kaba’s vehicle.
‘A single shot was fired by officer NX121 piercing the front windscreen of the vehicle Mr Kaba was driving and struck him.’
Officers at the scene gave him first aid and he was rushed to Kings College Hospital in Camberwell but was pronounced dead at 12.12am.
Mr Brown added that ‘substantial progress’ has been made in the investigation and that it is expected to take six to nine months.
Senior Coroner Andrew Harris adjourned the inquest to a new date which has not been set.
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