A man has been jailed for attempted murder after shooting another man in a targeted attack following a row at a birthday party.
Perry Wilson, 24 and of Hammersmith, was sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment at the Old Bailey on Tuesday December 19 after being found guilty of attempted murder and possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 8 years for possession of the firearm to be served concurrently.
Khalid Amer, 21 and also of Hammersmith, was sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment for assisting an offender. He received a four-month sentence for contempt of court, to be served consecutively - total three years.
The trial took place at the Old Bailey in November.
Police were called to Albion Mews, Hammersmith, at approximately 11.10pm on Saturday April 15 to reports of a man being shot. London Ambulance Service also attended and found a 23-year-old man with gunshot wounds. He was taken to a West London hospital.
The victim was shot twice in the abdomen and required major surgery, although he has now made a complete recovery.
The victim had attended a birthday party, and the court heard during the trial that he was targeted by the gunman, a former friend, after they fell out. Their dispute escalated which led to the near-fatal shooting
The Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command - North West Reactive team launched an investigation.
Wilson was quickly identified as a suspect. It is believed that he travelled to Dover to stay at a friend’s house in the days after the shooting, in an attempt to evade capture.
He was arrested on Thursday April 27 on suspicion of attempted murder after attending a police station and knowing he was wanted in connection with this incident, gave a no comment interview. The firearm has not been recovered.
Wilson was arrested on Wednesday April 26 and charged on Friday April 28 with one count of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm.
Enquiries revealed that Wilson was in close contact with Amer, a close associate, after the shooting and that Amer had organised and put into motion plans to remove Wilson from London to Dover to lay low.
DC Shon Young, investigating officer from Trident and Area Crime Command said: "The victim was shot once in the stomach at point-blank range, and had it not been for the initial first aid given by people at the scene it is unlikely that he would have survived.
"It is believed that Wilson went to Albion Mews that day knowing the victim would be there, with the intent to kill him. The motive behind this attack will never truly be known, however Wilsons involvement in the shooting was discovered following an investigation by Trident officers.
"There can be no justification for the use of illegal firearms on the streets of London. This sentence sends out a clear message that such criminality will not be tolerated and as a result another person who is prepared to use violence with a firearm is now in jail serving a long sentence."