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Gun victim in wrong place at wrong time'

PUBLISHED: 16:36 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 15:52 16 August 2010

POLICE believe a 27-year-old man killed in an execution-style shooting was the victim of mistaken identity. Officers investigating the

POLICE believe a 27-year-old man killed in an execution-style shooting was the victim of mistaken identity.

Officers investigating the "brutal" murder of Orpington resident Daniel Herbert, shot at point-blank range after being beaten unconscious, think the "well-liked joker" was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Detective Chief Inspector Cliff Lyons, leading the investigation, said: "It is becoming clear that Daniel Herbert was not the main target.

"Daniel has been set upon and it is all lending itself to the fact that they were after somebody else. He is an innocent man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"It would appear that he did have a connection to an individual that the gang, on the face of it, could be targeting." He dismissed rumours that Mr Herbert was involved in drug dealing, saying they were "based on ignorance".

Speaking about the progress of the appeal, he added: "We have had quite a good response but many people are saying they have heard a 'whisper'.

"Unfortunately, some of that is misinformation, either deliberately or naively. However, some has been useful."

Mr Herbert was chased by a gang of four or five white men, who beat him unconscious before shooting him in the head in Clements Road, Rotherhithe, on August 17.

Mr Lyons said: "They dragged him to his knees, placed a gun to his head and murdered him. That is a callous and brutal murder."

Speaking at the time of his death, his mother Ann, of Holywell Close, Orpington, said: "Someone out there, help me to find Daniel's killer before he hurts someone else. He was a joker, loud, funny, a big presence. Everyone knew him, everyone liked him."

Two men arrested on suspicion of murder, a 20-year-old and a 23-year-old, were both bailed until October pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information should contact the incident room on 020 8721 4961 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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