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Reward offered after man shot in leg in Luton

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Media captionAsif Ali is still unable to walk seven weeks after he was shot

The family of a man shot after a car crash in Luton have offered a £15,000 reward to help catch the gunman.

Atif Ali, 27, was driving a silver Audi A3 which was involved in a collision with another car on Dunstable Road at the junction with Leicester Road just before 08:00 BST on 20 May.

He got out of his car to talk to the other driver and was shot in the leg by a skinny, 6ft (1.8m) tall white man.

The other car was a silver saloon-type vehicle, thought to be a Ford Mondeo.

Its registration number was YM02 XYJ and it appears to have been in collision with the rear end of Mr Ali's car.

'Life changing' injuries

Bedfordshire Police said this shooting was not connected to the recent spate of gang-related gun crime in the town.

At a press conference Amjid Ali, Atif Ali's brother, announced his family were putting up a £15,000 reward for anyone who comes forward with information that leads to a conviction.

Speaking seven weeks after his brother was shot on the way to work, Amjid Ali said: "Atif, my family and I are still waiting to find out why this happened to him. We are all at a loss as to the reason why.

"I am here today on behalf of my family, to talk about Atif and to make a direct appeal to urge those people who may have information relating to why Atif was shot, and also to those people who know who is responsible, to come forward and tell the police what they know.

"Atif and my family are hardworking people and we have decided to offer a £15,000 reward which will be paid to anyone who comes forward with information that leads to a successful conviction of the person responsible for shooting my brother."

Doctors have saved Mr Ali's leg, but the injuries were described as "life changing".

Bedfordshire Police added: "A man has been arrested in connection with this investigation on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and other related offences but we are a long way from solving this inquiry."

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