Chilling CCTV shows student, 19, shot dead on way to Lidl by ‘drive-by gunman aiming for car wash’ – The Sun

CHILLLING CCTV shows a teenage girl gunned down in a suspected botched drive-by shooting as she walked to the supermarket.

Aya Hachem, 19, was shot in the chest as she walked to Lidl on King Street in Blackburn, Lancs, at around 3pm on Sunday.



Haunting footage shows the law student walking along the pavement before a Toyota Avensis appears to slow down in front of her.

Moments later, Aya collapses to the ground in footage The Sun Online has decided not to publish.

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene but despite battling to save the teenager she was pronounced dead a short time later in hospital.

Detectives believe Aya was an innocent passerby and not the intended target of the shooting just 100 yards from her home.

Sources told The Sun Online a long-running business feud may have been behind the attack and the gunman was aiming at nearby Quick Shine Car Wash, which Aya was walking in front of when she was shot.

The Toyota was later found abandoned less than a mile away on Wellington Road.

Last night, police arrested three men – aged 39, 36 and 33 and all from Blackburn – on suspicion of murder.





Locals said the car wash had suffered a tyre fire a few months ago as a row developed with a rival firm.

One source said: "The car wash had started selling tyres and I don’t think the other people liked it.

"But if there’s a dispute you try to sort it out amicably, you don't go firing guns."

Another local, who asked not be named, added: "There was some kind of dispute between the people who run the car wash and someone else.

“It seems the gunman meant to fire at the car-wash but hit the girl instead.”

As well as studying at the University of Salford, Aya was also a volunteer with charity The Children's Society.

A statement released by Aya's family said they were 'devastated' at her death.

They said: “Our beautiful 19-year-old daughter Aya has been taken from us in the most horrific ­circumstances.”

DAD FLED TO UK AFTER BEING SHOT

Meanwhile, it has emerged Aya's dad Ismail fled to the UK from his native Lebanon for a better life after himself being shot 10 years ago.

Luky Hussein, a family friend, said Aya's dad was shot in crossfire and moved to England hoping for a new life, spending nine years as an asylum seeker before receiving his UK citizenship last year.

He said: “They fled Lebanon for the war with people threatening to kill him.

“Coming from something like this to the UK and now his daughter gets shot.

“This is history repeating itself. I can’t imagine what he must be going through.”

Det Supt Andy Cribbin of Lancashire Police said: “We are on with a number of lines of enquiry which includes looking at CCTV in the area and we have spoken to a number of key witnesses.

“Despite that, and the arrests, this is a live investigation and I am asking anyone who might know anything about what happened, or the circumstances leading up to Aya being senselessly killed to speak to us . Any piece of information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could prove vital to our investigation.

"There is no evidence to suggest Aya was the intended target of this attack and every indication is that she was an innocent passer-by, making this all the more tragic. We are determined to find who did this to Aya, particularly for her family, who are understandably devastated at their loss. Our thoughts remain with them.

“We are also continuing to stress that incident is not being treated as terrorism-related or a racially-motivated attack.”

Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number 0412 of May 18th, or anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.






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