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Shooting victim 'intended target'

A man has been gunned down in a shooting linked to the murder of a family friend of England footballer Rio Ferdinand.

The 34-year-old is in hospital after being shot several times on Wednesday night - hours before the Manchester United star launched a YouTube appeal to help find Rio McFarlane's killers.

Detectives said the victim, who was shot multiple times, may have been the intended target when the 18-year-old was killed in Peckham, south London, in September last year.

Officers have on several occasions said the teenager was likely to have been killed in a case of mistaken identity. Mr McFarlane was killed while standing next to a silver Lexus car found at the scene on Wednesday night.

"It is believed that this 34-year-old man may have been the intended target when Rio McFarlane was murdered," a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

The shooting was reported when passers by waved down a police vehicle after hearing shots fired in Peckham. Two suspects were then seen running from the scene into Pilkington Road.

London Ambulance Service attended and the man was taken to a south London hospital in a serious but stable condition.

A video of Ferdinand's murder appeal was released on the Met Police's YouTube site and coincides with the offer of a £30,000 reward for information that leads to the prosecution of those involved in Mr McFarlane's murder.

The former England captain said: "I grew up in Peckham with Rio's brother Anthony and have known the McFarlane family for many years, so I wanted to do something to help them get justice for Rio's murder. I believe that the community can make a difference but it's important for people to come forward and talk to police."

In the appeal Ferdinand, 32, calls for people "to stand out from the crowd and be the best person you can be," and asks for witnesses to contact detectives.

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