Shooting caught on camera as driver jailed for 25 years
This is the moment a gunman opened fire during a car chase in Birmingham, in CCTV released as one of the drivers was jailed for 25 years.
The shooting happened just before 5pm on 21 July last year in Tew Park Road, Handsworth, as an unknown gunman opened fire from the passenger seat of a Seat Ibiza being driven by D’anglo Smith.
Occupants of a Renault Clio − one of whom had pointed a sawn-off shotgun out of the car at their pursuers − were the intended targets but the bullet ricocheted off the Seat’s bonnet into the road.
West Midlands Police detectives traced the Ibiza to Smith’s partner and seized it two days later in Hollycroft Road, Handsworth, where they found damage on its front wing consistent with a firearm discharge.
Analysis of Smith’s phone revealed text messages linking him to the shooting and showed he was in the area of Tew Park Road at the time.
And while detectives were building a case against the 21-year-old they uncovered evidence linking him to the transfer of a gun to another man, Demiah Logan, who was later jailed for nine years for firearms possession.
CCTV footage showed Smith with a North Face ‘man-bag’ strapped across his chest when he entered a barbers shop in Soho Road on 29 September.
He left without the satchel and when officers later raided Logan’s home they found the bag hidden in the loft with a St Etienne revolver and a round of ammunition inside − and forensic examination of the revolver revealed Smith’s DNA on the weapon.
Smith was charged with possessing an illegal gun with intent to endanger life, transferring a firearm and drugs offences after crack cocaine was found at his home in Handsworth’s Sycamore Road.
He admitted the drugs offences but denied being a willing participant in the shooting, instead claiming he’d offered an unknown man a lift and was threatened at gunpoint to pursue the Clio.
However, a jury at Birmingham Crown Court found him guilty and he was jailed for 25 years. He has been given dangerous offender status, and he will serve a minimum of 15 years.
Investigating officer, DC Chris Bradley from the Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) welcomed the jail terms. He said: “This was a hugely reckless act, firing a gun from a moving car. The gunman − who we’re still looking to trace − ended up hitting the bonnet of the car he was travelling in and it is lucky no-one was hurt as it rebounded off.
“Smith claimed he was also a victim, that the passenger had pointed the gun at him and he had no idea the person was armed.
“However, the footage shows him driving at speed after the Clio, over traffic-calming humps, and generally in a way suggesting he was complicit in the attack and not himself a victim.
“I’m pleased he’s been handed a lengthy jail sentence. We need to keep reiterating the message that anyone in possession of an illegal firearm runs the very real risk of spending many years behind bars."
Smith’s girlfriend Bianca Ruddock, from Walsingham Drive in Nuneaton, was found not guilty of possessing a gun and drugs offences.