Battersea Man Gunned Down in Front of Wife and Child

Police believe shooting of Flamur Beqiri was a targeted attack

36-year-old Flamur Beqiri
Flamur Beqiri

December 30, 2019

Floral tributes have been placed on Battersea Church Road at the site of a fatal shooting that took place on Christmas Eve.

The victim has been named as 36-year-old Flamur Beqiri, a Swedish national of Albanian origin who lived in the area for over four years.

Mr Beqiri’s family, including his wife and young child, were witnesses to the shooting which took place at around 9pm and which police believe was a targeted attack. They were just returning home after an evening out together.

In a statement Mr Beqiri's family said: "We thank everyone for their kind thoughts and condolences.

"Our family are in a state of shock and are grieving. To have so much sadness at this time of the year is heart-breaking.

"We would kindly ask that you respect our privacy and let us grieve in peace”

Mr Beqiri is the brother of former Real Housewives Of Cheshire star Misse Beqiri.

Battersea Church RoadBattersea Church Road. Google Streetview

Detective Inspector Jamie Stevenson, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said, “Residents will have noticed a large policing presence at the crime scene, which has now been scaled down and it is anticipated will be closed soon.

"House to house enquiries have been completed, CCTV enquiries are ongoing and we are making good progress. I would like to thank everyone who has spoken to my officers so far but of course would urge anyone who has yet to contact us to please do so immediately.

“Flamur’s family, his wife and very young child, bore witness to this horrific attack and are coming to terms with having their world turned upside down. I ask that their privacy is respected at this terrible time.

“I am aware that there is intense speculation around this tragic incident, including the victim’s background and past.

“What I can say is that Flamur, who is of Swedish nationality and Albanian heritage, had been living in London for four or five years. He was returning home with his wife and child when he was approached by a lone suspect, who shot him multiple times before fleeing on foot.

“Work is ongoing to determine what the possible motive could be, and while we retain an open mind, we are considering that this is a targeted attack. While I am mindful of concerns from the local community, we do not believe at this stage that there is any ongoing risk to members of the public.

“We believe Flamur may possibly have been involved in some criminality in Sweden, and are in liaison with our Swedish counterparts to try to understand what, if any, incidents there may have been that might have led to someone seeking retribution against Flamur in the UK.

The police are asking if anyone say a lone suspect fleeing the area or if they saw someone loitering in the area beforehand.

If you have any information contact us via 101 immediately and quote CAD 6410/24Dec.

You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.