Date: 31 Dec 2004
Place: Pilgrim Hill, West Norwood
Solomon Shiloh Martin was found shot dead in a Reno Clio car on Pilgrim Hill on New Year's Eve.
He had been shot in the head.
He was found alone in the car at 7.30pm. An ambulance was called but he died 30 minutes later.
He had just left the World of Cuts barbers in Green Lane with two friends. They had driven along the Carolina Road when it was thought that they were followed by a large dark saloon car with tinted windows. Someone from the dark saloon car then fired a shot at the Reno Clio car which caused it to stop and then fifteen more shots were fired into the car. The dark saloon car was then driven off at high speed.
After the shooting Solomon Martin's two friends drove on to Pilgrim Hill where they left the car and ran off and police do not know who they were.
The police said that forensic evidence indicated that the shots fired had come from three different guns.
It was said that Solomon Martin wasn't the intended target although it was not thought that his friends had been hit. The police said that they thought that both Solomon Martin and his friends knew who the gunmen were. Both of his friends were described as being black men.