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Southgate shooting at BP petrol station on Barnet/Enfield border sparks fear among locals
Shootings that left two men hospitalised have left people living nearby fearing for their safety.
Two men were shot at a BP petrol station in Chase Side, Southgate on Saturday at 10.20pm, leading residents to raise concerns about the area.
Following the double shooting and the murder of Zafer Eren in April, Carlo Thewandi, 55, of Chase Side, Southgate, is troubled by the recent incidents.
Mr Thewandi, who has lived in the area for 45 years, said: “I have lived in Southgate for a long time but this is very concerning indeed. When I first came to the country this was a very welcoming and homely town but a lot has changed since then, that is for certain.”
Tina Morris, 70, of Chase Way, who lives just metres from the petrol station cash point where the shooting took place, at first thought it was early Bonfire Night celebrations.
She said: “I did hear something but because it was pretty dark I couldn’t see anything. From what I heard it sounded like a double barrel going off and after a few seconds I heard another three or four shots, not all together.
“I looked up out the window and I was thinking it’s far too early for November 5 because it sounded like fireworks, it was all very quiet afterwards. Some people sometimes do entertain themselves with fireworks and I thought it was something like that but it was shooting.”
Living opposite the petrol station, Mr Thewandi admits he didn’t see anything of last weekend’s incident but wasn’t shocked to hear what had happened.
He said: “I was at the back of the house so I couldn’t really hear what was going on, however when the police came round to ask me about a shooting, I was not surprised this had happened.”
A BP spokesman said: “We can confirm that none of our staff were injured and nothing was damaged on the property, our staff on duty shut the site down immediately and phoned the police.”
If anyone has any information please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or police on the non-emergency number 101.
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