Shocking moment gunman fires pistol from car window in drive-by on quiet residential street – as drug dealer driver is jailed for 25 years
- D’anglo Smith, was driving a Seat Ibiza while his passenger fire at a Renault Clio
- The gunman accidentally misfired and the bullet ricocheted off the Seat’s bonnet
- Smith was found guilty of possessing an illegal gun with intent to endanger life
- He was also found guilty of transferring a firearm and admitted drug offences
- Smith, 21, was sentenced to 25 years in jail at Birmingham Crown Court today
Dramatic footage captured the moment a gunmen fired at a car during a high-speed chase.
Incredibly, the gunman accidentally misfired and the bullet ricocheted off the Seat’s bonnet into the street.
CCTV captured the moment D’anglo Smith, 21, stopped his Seat Ibiza while his accomplice leant out the passenger window and fired at a Renault Clio which was travelling in front.
D’anglo Smith, 21, was behind the wheel of a Seat Ibiza while his passenger took pot shots at a Renault Clio
The gunman accidentally misfired – the bullet ricocheted off the Seat’s bonnet into the street
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Moments later the gunman in the Renault pointed a sawn-off shotgun at Smith’s Seat
Moments later another CCTV clip showed another armed man in the blue Renault leaning out of the window and pointing a sawn-off shotgun at Smith’s Seat.
The terrifying chase took place around the streets of, Handsworth, Birmingham at 5pm on July 21 last year.
Smith was jailed for 25 years today at Birmingham Crown Court and was told he will serve a minimum of 15 years behind bars.
Detectives traced the Seat to Smith’s partner and seized it two days later where they found a bullet hole in the wing.
Analysis of Smith’s phone revealed text messages linking him to the shooting and showed he was in the area at the time of the shooting.
And while detectives were building a case against Smith, 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.
Forensic examination of the revolver revealed Smith’s DNA on the weapon.
He was found guilty of possessing an illegal gun with intent to endanger life and transferring a firearm and admitted drug offences.
He told the jury he’d offered the gunman, who has not been caught, a lift and was threatened at gunpoint to pursue the Renault.
Smith was also found guilty of possessing an illegal gun after he was found with a St Etienne revolver with a round of ammunition inside
Detective Constable Chris Bradley, from the Regional Organised Crime Unit, 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, of Nuneaton, Warkickshirte, was cleared of possessing a gun and drugs offences.
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