Hunt for mystery Birmingham gunman after fatal car park party shooting

Detectives investigating the fatal shooting of two men at a car park party in Manchester "strongly believe" the killer gunman is from Birmingham. More than 300 revellers were at the party, in Moss Side, on June 21, 2020, when Junior Ajose, 36, and Cheriff Tall, 21, were gunned down.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said in a renewed appeal that vital evidence is needed to bring in the suspect who used the firearm, and investigators believe the person has connections to Birmingham and is not from the local community in Manchester.

The Mancunian police force even went as far to say that anyone who helped the police would not be "a grass", and reminded potential witnesses of the £50,000 reward launched last year, for key information that leads to the discovery and conviction of the killer.

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Police 'strongly believe' person has connections to Birmingham

GMP's detective chief inspector Neil Higginson added that the local community in Manchester "should not protect" the Brummie suspect. The force said they are working tirelessly, with dedicated, specialised detectives to get answers for Junior and Cheriff's families.

No-one has ever been charged over their deaths. Greater Manchester Police released a renewed appeal on June 21, four years on from the fatal shootings.

A GMP spokesperson said: "The shooting took both their lives of 36-year-old Junior Ajose and 21-year-old Cheriff Tall in the early hours of Sunday 21 June 2020 in a car park off Caythorpe Street in Moss Side.

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Greater Manchester Police released a renewed appeal on June 21, four years on from the fatal shootings. -Credit:Manchester Evening News

"Under Operation Tarnbrook, vital evidence to apprehend the outstanding suspect who used the firearm is still needed. Those we have investigating strongly believe the person has connections to Birmingham and is not from the local community in Manchester.

"Over the years the investigation has seen several warrants carried out which has also led to several people being questioned in custody and the seizure of mobile phones for forensic analysis. A £50,000 reward launched last year, for key information that leads to the discovery and conviction of the killer remains available as we try to tirelessly piece together evidence to bring the offender to justice."

'The person responsible for these murders we believe is from Birmingham'

Detective chief inspector and senior investigating officer, Neil Higginson said: “It’s four years since Cheriff and Junior went to a party and did not return. Their two families remain devastated by their losses. We can never bring Cheriff and Junior back, but we can make things slightly better for their loved ones by bringing them the justice they are so desperate for, and we can only achieve this with the help of the community.

“We know that there were hundreds of people in the car park that night and I’m sure that many people must have seen something, whether that be the full incident or just part of it. However, there has been a reluctance for those witnesses to come forward with information.

"I understand that people might be scared, and that is normal given what has happened but, there is a range of measures that we can put in place to keep witnesses safe. Evidence can be given on video or behind a screen. It could also be that we could apply to the courts for the witness to be anonymous if there are grounds to do so.

“I’d just ask for you to come forward and we can have an honest chat about what we can do, as you don’t have to commit to giving a statement in the first instance. The person responsible for these murders we believe is from Birmingham and he is not a member of the local Moss Side community, so should not be protected.

“Anyone who comes forward in this case is not a ‘grass’ for helping the police, they are simply doing what is right for two families who have had their loved ones taken from them in terrible circumstances. No one deserves that. When we have worked together in the past, we have achieved great results and if we work together again, we can get justice for Cheriff and Junior.”

Anyone with information, however small or insignificant it may seem, can contact GMP in confidence on 0161 856 2035, quoting incident number 221 of 21/06/20. Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.