Family of shooting victim Tipu Sultan speak of heartache

Tipu Sultan was shot dead outside Herbs and Spice Kitchen in South Shields on Tuesday night

Tipu Sultan was shot dead outside Herbs and Spice Kitchen in South Shields on Tuesday night

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THE devastated family of shooting victim Tipu Sultan have spoken of their shock at his murder.

Sunderland dad Mr Sultan was working at the family-run Herbs and Spice Kitchen in South Shields when he was gunned down on Tuesday night.

My nephew doesn’t even know as yet that his dad has died, he still thinks he is coming back

Shaiful Mojumdar, cousin of shooting victim Tipu Sultan

Police believed the 32-year-old, of Millfield, may have been the victim of a premeditated attack after two men on a motorbike were spotted at the scene.

Mr Sultan’s dad Amin Miah, 60, witnessed the horrific attack and closed the door on the gunman as he pointed the weapon at him.

Tipu’s wife Julie Nasrin, 27, along with his son Ilyas, seven, and daughter Aeysha, two, are being comforted by family at their home in Gilsland Street.

Cousins and other relatives have travelled from as far afield as London and Birmingham to support the grief-stricken loved ones.

Speaking yesterday, Tipu’s sister Jubli Begum, 27, said: “My dad called last night to say to come quickly to the takeaway.

“The back door of the takeaway was open and two lads on motorbike came.

“My dad said one got off and had a gun, he pointed it towards my brother and said “you” and shot the gun at his neck or side of head.”

Tipu’s uncle, Rukon Miah, 51, said: “After shooting Tipu, his dad closed the door on the man with the gun and him and the chef bolted it so they could not get in.

“The gunman tried to open the door but couldn’t.”

Shaiful Mojumdar, 29, Tipu’s cousin, said that Julie was finding it hard to come to terms with the news.

He said: “Tipu’s wife still thinks he is coming home.

“They can’t see him because his body is in hospital. We can’t imagine how she feels.

“My nephew doesn’t even know as yet that his dad has died, he still thinks he is coming back.”

Anybody with information regarding the murder should contact Northumbria Police officers on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.