Saturday, July 21, 2012

Assassin: Captured on 'mission to murder', the man suspected of blasting Russian banker six times, dumping gun and then heading home on the Tube

Calmly strolling through a busy Tube station, the man in the leather jacket could be on his way home from work, or heading out for a drink with friends.

In fact, police believe he is on a mission to murder. He is the main suspect in a hunt for the gunman who blasted a Russian banker six times outside his luxury flat.

German Gorbuntsov, 46, was sprayed with bullets outside his Docklands apartment by a hooded hitman in a botched assassination which left him disabled.

Scotland Yard revealed yesterday that they were pursuing significant new leads after releasing footage of the suspect in the shooting.

CCTV images show the man casually dressed, wearing a black jacket with its collar pulled up and blue jeans, coolly walking through Canary Wharf station and mingling with dozens of commuters on their way home on a Tuesday evening.

Just moments earlier, Mr Gorbuntsov, an exiled financier who was in hiding in London, was gunned down on his doorstep after stepping out of a taxi which dropped him off at his exclusive apartment block at 7.20pm on March 20.

The 46-year-old was shot six times with a specially modified 9mm Russian semi-automatic pistol rarely seen in Britain, which has been described by weapons experts as a ‘professional assassin’s weapon’. Read More