Lady, 19, gunned down outdoors Lidl in suspected drive-by capturing as she walked dwelling from store

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Woman, 19, gunned down outside Lidl in suspected drive-by shooting as she walked home from shop


A TEEN killed in a drive-by capturing outdoors a Lidl grocery store might have been gunned down by mistake in a botched assault. 

Aya Hachem, 19, was shot within the neck whereas procuring together with her household lower than a mile from her dwelling in Blackburn, Lancs, at round 3pm yesterday.

 Aya Hachem died after being shot less than a mile from her home in Blackburn
Aya Hachem died after being shot lower than a mile from her dwelling in Blackburn
 Emergency services were called to reports of a shooting in Blackburn, Lancs
Emergency companies have been referred to as to reviews of a capturing in Blackburn, LancsCredit score: Ben Lack
 Police have released this picture of the Toyota Avensis used in the attack
Police have launched this image of the Toyota Avensis used within the assaultCredit score: Lancashire Police

Aya is just not thought to have been the supposed goal when two photographs have been fired at shut vary on King Avenue.

Homicide detectives consider {the teenager} was an harmless passer-by and should not treating the incident as racially-motivated.

The photographs have been fired from a Toyota Avensis containing quite a few passengers which was discovered deserted round a mile from the scene on Wellington Street.

Deputy chief constable Terry Woods described the capturing as a “appalling and mindless assault on a younger, harmless lady whose life was minimize brief as she was merely out performing some procuring”.

He stated: “We’re nonetheless within the very early levels our investigation into her demise however we all know that Aya had been strolling to the Lidl grocery store when she was killed.

“A white-green Toyota Avensis drove previous Aya with quite a few occupants on board. We consider photographs have been fired from that automobile and one of many photographs has tragically hit her.”

He added: “There’s no proof in any respect Aya was the supposed goal of this assault and each indication is that she was a very harmless passer-by.”

 Aya was shot in the neck from close range less than a mile from her home
Aya was shot within the neck from shut vary lower than a mile from her dwellingCredit score: Lancashire Police

Aya was a second 12 months scholar on the College of Salford and in addition labored as a volunteer with The Kids’s Society charity.

One eye-witness described seeing her strolling “casually down the road” earlier than a gun was “pointed from the window of a automotive”.

Police and paramedics have been referred to as to reviews of gunshots and Aya was given CPR on the scene as emergency crews battled to save lots of her life in entrance of horrified customers.

A autopsy examination is but to happen however it’s understood she died of a single gunshot wound.

Aya’s heartbroken dad Ismail Hachem paid tribute to his “sturdy” eldest daughter with a “pure soul”.

The dad-of-four wrote on Fb: “My sturdy daughter lawyer Aya Ismail Hashem God’s mercy in your pure soul

“Hey who broke our again along with your horizon you have been all dream, science and morals.

“Oh Allah, encourage us with endurance and solace.”


Did you witness the assault? Contact The Solar On-line on 0207 782 4368 or electronic mail ideas@the-sun.co.uk


In a press release, her household stated: “Our lovely 19-year-old daughter Aya has been taken from us in essentially the most horrific circumstances.

“She was essentially the most loyal devoted daughter who loved spending time together with her household particularly her brothers and sisters Ibrahim, Assil and Amir.

“She excelled in her research each at Blackburn Central Excessive Faculty and  at Salford College the place she was in her second 12 months and dreamed of changing into a solicitor. She had simply accomplished her exams and was studying to drive.

“We her dad and mom are completely devastated by her demise and wish to take this chance to plead with any members of the general public who might have any info nonetheless small that will carry these accountable to justice.”

Associates paid tribute and hit out on the “mindless homicide” final night time which got here as Lebanese Muslim Aya was getting ready to have fun Eid together with her household.

Danny Heaton wrote: “As if it’s not unhealthy sufficient for us all to be having to cope with this pandemic this can be a mindless and unjustifiable lack of life. Might she relaxation in peace.”

Maz Saleem stated: “Stunning and sickening past to listen to lovely Aya was brutally murdered. One can’t start to explain the ache her household have to be feeling.”

Anyone with info ought to name 1010 quoting log quantity 817.

Alternatively unbiased charity Crimestoppers may be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at crimestoppers-uk.org.

 The University of Salford student also volunteered with local youth charities
The College of Salford scholar additionally volunteered with native youth charities
 Aya was described as 'strong' and 'with a pure soul' by her heartbroken dad
Aya was described as ‘sturdy’ and ‘with a pure soul’ by her heartbroken dadCredit score: Fb
 Officers remained at the scene of the tragedy this morning
Officers remained on the scene of the tragedy this morningCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
 A murder investigation has been launched
A homicide investigation has been launchedCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation

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