Revellers tell of horror as Sheffield party youth was shot

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GUESTS at a party at which a teenager was shot dead by his cousin described how the bash descended into chaos when fighting broke out on the dancefloor.

Abdi Omar, aged 25, is accused of killing 18-year-old Deeq Ali during a birthday celebration at the Spital Hill Plaza in Burngreave, Sheffield.

Omar fired a gun into a group of revellers ushering him out of the Plaza, and the bullet hit Deeq.

One guest, Nabil Al-Jalal, said he saw Omar - nicknamed Ammo - being pushed out of the venue by Deeq.

“Ammo was walking across the dancefloor towards the door. He had his right hand down his trousers,” said Nabil in a statement read to jurors.

“I saw Deeq behind Ammo - he looked as if he was trying to get Ammo out of the room, he had his hand in the small of Ammo’s back.

“Almost straight away I heard a loud bang and I knew it was a gun. People were screaming.”

Mr Al-Jalal continued: “I saw Deeq laid on the floor, and I could see blood on the side of his head.”

The party was being held to mark the 24th birthday of Rosalin Roberts.

In a statement read to jurors, Miss Roberts said she arrived at the party at around 9.45pm on October 29 last year.

“Things were fine, but at around 2am the atmosphere changed in the hall,” she said.

Miss Roberts said a fight broke out between two men from Nigeria and Ghana.

“After a short while they hugged each other and became friends,” she said.

She then noticed a large group of Somali men dancing near the Plaza entrance.

“Within five to ten minutes the mood changed and the group started pushing and shoving each other,” she said.

“I heard a single bang, like a balloon popping loudly. People panicked and began running everywhere trying to find somewhere to hide.”

Omar, of Lopham Street, Burngreave, denies murder and possessing a gun with intent to cause fear of violence.

The trial continues.