A cab driver who was fatally shot dead in what police believe was a targeted attack has been named as Bulent Kabala. Kabala was shot dead on a roundabout in Barnet, North London, late on Monday 12th February. The suspects who jumped out of a blue van and opened fire on Kabala as he sat in the drivers seat of his silver Mercedes, which he used for his job as a cab driver. Paramedics were called to the scene but were unable to save Mr Kabala's life. Kabala was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:15am on Tuesday 13th February. Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHuge of the Met's Homicide and a Major Crime Command, said:
"Our investigation is in its early stages, but everything would suggest that this was a targeted 'hit'. "I want to build up a picture of why someone would have wanted to kill Bulent Kabala.
"Bulent was driving a silver Mercedes, which he had been using in his work as a taxi driver. “For some reason, Bulent appears to have got out of his car having started to negotiate a roundabout when a number of suspects got out of a blue van and several shots were fired, fatally wounding Bulent.
"The suspects then got back into the van and drove from the scene in the direction of Edgeworth Road, turning right into Park Road. "It is vital that we hear from anyone who witnessed this incident, and from anyone who can help us understand more about Bulent's life and the people he associated with.
"Any fragment of information could assist the investigation. Please do not assume that we already have your information. "I understand that some people may be reluctant to call police, but we urgently need your assistance in building up a picture of Bulent's life and the events surrounding his death. “Your call will be treated in the strictest of confidence."
Anyone with information can contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or tweet @MetCC. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.