A DRUNKEN man shot his own cousin dead – by firing a gun over his shoulder into a crowd of revellers as they tried to usher him out of a birthday party in Sheffield, a court heard this week.
Abdi Omar, aged 25, killed his cousin Deeq Ali, aged 18, at a celebration at Spital Hill Plaza in Burngreave.
Paul Watson QC, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court: “As he was being escorted out, he pulled out a shotgun from his trousers, put it over his shoulder, and shot by pulling the trigger at people behind him.
“One of the men ushering him out, Deeq Ali, received massive gunshot injuries to his head and died. Mr Omar says it was an accident. The prosecution say he might not have meant to specifically harm the man who was shot but it was anything but an accident.”
Omar, of Lopham Street, Burngreave, denies murder. He also denies possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of unlawful violence in an earlier incident the same night, by pulling out the gun and threatening to kill a man named Nabil Naji.
Mr Watson said Deeq, of Catherine Road, Burngreave, was killed at the 24th birthday party of Rosalin Roberts.
Omar was described by witnesses as being ‘angry and aggressive’ and partygoer Soloman Gebremesekel, who had earlier denied entry to a group of Somali youths, including Omar, suspected he was carrying a weapon. Mr Gebremeskel grabbed him and could tell Omar had something like a gun under his trousers.
“At that point a number of others appeared and told Mr Gebremeskel to leave him alone – one of those was the victim, Mr Ali. They were telling Omar to leave and pushing him towards the door. Deeq was telling Omar to ‘chill out’ but he didn’t.”
Mr Watson said: “There was a great deal of confusion and hysteria within the Plaza. People were terrified, crying and screaming.”
Mr Ali was pronounced dead at the Northern General Hospital.
When police arrested Omar, he was three times the drink-drive limit.
The gun was retrieved from bushes near Omar’s home and officers found gunshot residue on his clothes.
Omar told police he had been given the gun to look after by an unknown man and put it down his trousers.
He claimed he was worried it would go off while he was being pushed and pulled, so he took it out and it went off by accident.
But Mr Watson said: “In drunken anger or frustration about being made unwelcome at the party and being ejected, he deliberately chose to teach those behind him a lesson and fired this gun in their direction.
“We say if you fire a weapon into a group of people from no more than a matter of inches away, at least one of them is going to be seriously hurt. He knew very well firing a gun at close range like that was going to have those consequences.”
The trial continues.