THE killer of a takeaway boss remains at large a week after the murder.
As the hunt for the gunman enters its second week, police have revealed that they believe the weapon used was a shotgun.
We believe it was a shotgun which was used during the incident.Northumbria Police
Tipu Sultan was shot last Tuesday just before 10pm at the rear of his family business, Herbs and Spice Kitchen, in Lake Avenue, South Shields.
Police officers have now widened their search to North Tyneside, and they searched properties in Netherton Avenue and Spence Terrace, both in North Shields, on Monday, as they hunted for clues to the identity of the 32-year-old’s killer.
Police have revealed they believe it was a shotgun that was used at point-blank range to kill Mr Sultan.
A force spokesman said: “We believe it was a shotgun which was used during the incident.
“We are appealing for anyone with any information to get in touch.”
A 35-year-old man from Newcastle arrested on Sunday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder has been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Officers believe that two men were responsible for the murder of Mr Sultan, of Millfield, Sunderland, and inquiries are under way to identify and locate them.
The pair, travelling on a motorbike, were seen driving into a rear lane off Lake Avenue just before the incident and making a getaway immediately after the shooting.
Footage taken from a CCTV camera in Lizard Lane captured the two men on the motorbike shortly after the shooting. They then left the town heading towards Whitburn and Sunderland.
Mr Sultan, an avid Sunderland fan, was married to Julie Nasrin, 27, and had a son Ilyas, seven, and daughter Aeysha, two.
His father Amin Miah, 60, also witnessed the shooting and closed the door on the gunman as he pointed the weapon at him.
Last week, Sayed Ahmed told how his cousin, who also worked at the takeaway, had pleaded with the gunman for his life.
The Sunderland businessman, a childhood friend of Mr Sultan, said: “The killer shot Tipu point blank in the face. He then walked casually up to the back door and attempted to enter the takeaway.
“My cousin slammed the door on him, but the gun was wedged in the doorway.
“He then pointed the gun at my cousin, who, by that time, was on the floor begging for his life. Luckily, the killer didn’t shoot again and left.”
Anyone with any information that could help the police with their inquiries is asked to call them on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference No 1255 07/04/15.
Information can also be passed on anonymously by ringing Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.