A Hackney gang member has been jailed for 20 years for shooting two men with a gun that was later used in the killing of a 15-year-old girl.
Andrew Gordon, 27 of Urswick Road, was found guilty of the attempted murder of two men, aged 22 and 23 at the time of the offence, in Clapton last February. He was jailed for 17 years following a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
He was also found guilty of possessing a prohibited weapon, for which he will now face seven years imprisonment, with all the sentences to run concurrently.
The court heard how Gordon, of the Balance Boys of Hackney gang, had fired the Birevetta 7.65mm pistol at Yahaya Ibrahim Usmen and Troy Strachan through their car window as they sat in traffic. Usmen and Strachan were members of the rival Pembury Boys gang.
Two of the three shots missed, while the third grazed Usmen’s abdomen.
Usmen and Strachan then chased Gordon and stabbed him before police arrived to arrest him.
He was taken to Homerton Hospital for treatment.
The gun was handed to a junior member of the Balance Boys of Hackney gang for safekeeping.
The 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, killed his girlfriend, Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh, a month later when he accidently fired a fatal bullet into her neck whilst showing off with the weapon.
He was cleared of murder but sentenced to nine years’ detention for manslaughter at the Old Bailey last October.
Marsh’s devastated family said at the time she was “not involved with gangs or violence”.
“Shereka’s life was tragically cut short because of the negligent actions by one of her peers who took it upon himself to involve himself in activities that no child should ever be involved with,” Shereka’s mother Shyrine Mills said.
“Guns are not toys and should only be handled by trained professionals in extreme circumstances.”