A teenager who was stabbed to death in west London was on his way to buy milk for his mum, according to a family friend.
Yusuf Mohamed, 18, was killed by ‘a 15-year-old knifeman’ outside a greengrocer’s shop in Shepherd’s Bush, according to reports.
Mr Mohamed was knifed in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Met Police are said to be on the hunt for two suspects who fled the scene.
The stabbing took place on the Uxbridge Road close to 10pm on Wednesday evening.
A Somalian man said outside Intercontinental Foods supermarket this afternoon he knew of Yusuf as his wife was friends with Yusuf’s mother.
The man said: “He had 9 GCSE’s, he was a good kid.
“His mum had sent him out to buy milk. He only lives a few minutes from here and that’s what he was doing.
“The boy that stabbed him was about 15-years-old.
“He was stabbed outside and he ran into the shop to the back where there are stairs to the basement to get away, and the 15-year-old ran after him and stabbed him again.
“It’s shocking. His mum collapsed when she heard.”
He said the knife man was black but not Somalian and from a different community.
He added: “It could be a case of mistaken identity. I don’t know if they know each other.”
Met police Det Insp Luke Wyllie said: "A young man's life has been tragically cut short. We are doing everything we can to apprehend those involved.
"Extra police and specialist units are working on the ground now to build a clearer picture of what took place and work to protect and reassure those in the local community."
A Section 60 order - which gives police the power to stop and search people in a designated area - was put in place in Shepherd's Bush and Notting Hill until Thursday afternoon.
Police have informed the teenager's next of kin and a post-mortem examination will be held on Friday.
It was the latest in a string of violent incidents in the capital, which saw five killings in six days earlier this month.