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|07 February 2007
|Mistaken identity theory in teenager's shooting
|Police have said that the murder of a church-going schoolboy in his
bedroom in south London could have been a case of mistaken identity.
Michael Dosunmu, 15, was murdered at his home in Diamond Street in
Peckham, after midnight on Tuesday. Two gunmen forced their way into the
boy's house in what police have called a "targeted attack".
Michael's older sister was also in the house at the time of the shooting
and was able to give the teenager first aid. However, Michael, who
turned 15 on Sunday, died in hospital less than an hour later.
Michael was a regular at the Celestial Church of Christ in nearby Bird
in Bush Road and also attended St Michael's Secondary School in
Scotland Yard’s Operation Trident team, which investigates gun crime in
the black community in the capital, is investigating the murder and
officers said that no link had been found between the boy and local
A police spokesperson said: "The boy was not known to police before this
incident and we are not linking this to gangs or any other incidents
which have occurred in the pat few days. This does not appear to have
been a botched burglary. I believe these premises were specifically
On Wednesday, it was later reported that police were linking Michael's
murder to the fatal stabbing of a 21-year-old man in Southampton Way,
just yards from Michael's home, on Saturday. A man has been charged with